NEW YORK – An Occupy Wall Street protester whose tweets were subpoenaed has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in a case that became a clash over social media privacy.
Malcolm Harris was sentenced Wednesday to six days of community service. Defense attorney Martin Stolar says Harris wanted to plead guilty so he could focus on appealing a decision by the judge to hand over his Twitter messages to the prosecution.
Harris is a writer and editor in his 20s. He was among more than 700 people arrested during a march on the Brooklyn Bridge in the early days of the Occupy movement against financial inequality.
Prosecutors said his tweets proved he was there and subpoenaed Twitter to get them. A lawyer for the social media company turned over a pile of messages earlier this year.