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Juror 'tweets' at issue in Ark. civil trial

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A Washington County Circuit Court juror's Internet postings to Twitter.com during a civil trial is the subject of an appeal of a $12.6 million judgment.

A lawyer for Russell Wright and Stoam Holdings filed a motion yesterday asking for a new trial over the postings by "Juror Jonathan." The juror allegedly sent eight messages - or "tweets" - to the micro-blogging Web site via his cellular phone during the trial.

One read: "oh and nobody buy Stoam. Its bad mojo and they'll probably cease to Exist, now that their wallet is 12m lighter. http://www.stoam.com." Another read: "So Jonathan, what did you do today? Oh nothing really, I just gave away TWELVE MILLION DOLLARS of somebody else's money." Johnathan Powell of Fayetteville, who apparently runs the Twitter feed, did not respond to a message for comment today.

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On the Net: Johnathan Powell on Twitter: http://twitter.com/johnathan

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