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Judge mad over tweet in Calif homeless death trial

January 8, 2014
Associated Press

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A California judge is threatening jail time for the person who posted a picture on Twitter of the jury in the trial of two police officers accused of killing a homeless man.

Orange County Superior Court Judge William Froeberg interrupted closing arguments in the case Wednesday and vowed to send the person to jail if he discovered his or her identity.

Former Fullerton police Officer Manuel Ramos has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the 2011 death of 37-year-old Kelly Thomas.

Former Cpl. Jay Cicinelli has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter and use of excessive force.

A routine police call escalated into a violent struggle between Thomas and six officers that was caught on surveillance tape.

A third officer awaits trial, and three others weren't charged.

 
 

 

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