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Death row inmate's conviction tossed, new trial ordered because of sleeping, tweeting jurors

Published 12/08/2011, Associated Press

The Arkansas Supreme Court today tossed out a death row inmate's murder conviction and said he deserves a new trial because one juror slept and another tweeted during court proceedings. Erickson Dimas-Martinez's attorneys had appealed his 2010 murder conviction because a juror sent tweets despite the judge's instruction not to post on the Internet or communicate with anyone about the case. The lawyers also complained that another juror slept.

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