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Underoath Lyrics Cause Conviction to Be Overturned

Posted by: Jason Tate (12/14/11)
In today's "so weird it has to be true" news: The Supreme Court of Arkansas has overturned a murder conviction after a juror quoted Underoath on Twitter during the trial.
From the ArticleErickson Dimas-Martinez was convicted of murder in 2010 for shooting and robbing a teenager, Derrick Jefferson, after a party in Arkansas four years earlier. He had been due to be put to death by lethal injection. Mr Dimas-Martinez's lawyers appealed against the conviction after Randy Franco tweeted his thoughts despite the judge's instructions that jurors must not post comments on the internet or discuss the case on their mobiles.

Mr Franco tweeted: "Choices to be made. Hearts to be broken... We each define the great line."

Mr Franco later clarified that "define the great line" was a reference to an album by an American Christian metalcore band called Underoath.

Other tweets sent included: "The coffee here sucks" and "Court. Day 5. here we go again".

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10:37 AM on 12/14/11
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This gives me faith in the legal system
10:38 AM on 12/14/11
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Um...
10:43 AM on 12/14/11
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I heard about the tweeting leading to the overturning of the case, but did not realize he quoted Underoath, haha
10:44 AM on 12/14/11
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lol whaaaaat
10:47 AM on 12/14/11
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Umm, wow.


The album is fantastic though!
10:48 AM on 12/14/11
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hahaha wtf
10:49 AM on 12/14/11
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That's a shit ton of money tax payer dollars down the drain.... dumb...
10:49 AM on 12/14/11
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10:51 AM on 12/14/11
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He wasn't technically under oath when he said that, right?
10:51 AM on 12/14/11
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Waiting for rape cases to be overturned by Brokencyde/Asking Alexandria/The Maine. That would be news.
10:51 AM on 12/14/11
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Sounds like Arkansas is the worst legal system ever... WM3 anyone?
10:52 AM on 12/14/11
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I think what's more screwed up is the little blurb about the women juror in a separate case who contacted the defendant of her case on Facebook and is now serving 8 months or the juror in this murder case that alledgedly fell asleep during the defense's case... I mean what makes you think activity like this ok? As a defendant in a case, I would like to think the jury is taking my life serious, not thinking about other things or falling asleep.
10:52 AM on 12/14/11
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good god everyone in my state has mental issues.
10:53 AM on 12/14/11
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Quote:
"Because of the very nature of Twitter as an... online social media site, Juror 2's tweets about the trial were very much public discussions," wrote Associate Justice Donald Corbin.

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"Even if such discussions were one-sided, it is in no way appropriate for a juror to state musings, thoughts or other information about a case in such a public fashion."

...and it wasn't even a musing about the case other than that he was physically present.

so? He didn't tweet "totally gonna give this guy the chair". He tweeted some lyrics. Seems like a stupid mistrial (it was a mistrial, right?) Then again, I'm not a judge, or a lawyer, or even a law student...
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