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'Occupy' Trial to Include Twitter Evidence: Tamer El-Ghobashy of the Wall Street Journal reports Occupy Wall Street protester Malcolm Harris' Twitter activity will be allowed as evidence in his trial. Harris was arrested along with hundreds of other protesters during a march on the Brooklyn Bridge in October. Criminal Court Justice Matthew Sciarrino Jr. said, "Harris accepted Twitter's terms of use, which clearly state that his postings are public and can be used by the company 'for any purpose it may have.'" Prosecutors say messages posted on Twitter will help prove protesters were aware of police orders that they violated during the march.

California Death Penalty Ban Measure Qualifies For November Ballot: Eric Bradley of the Contra Costa Times reports the SAFE Act, the initiative to replace California's death penalty with life in prison without the possibility of parole, will be on the November ballot. In a September 2011 Field Poll of registered California voters, 68% of voters supported keeping the death penalty. Advocates of the measure on Monday could not say where the redirected funds to send $100 million to police agencies to help solve more rape and homicide cases would come from.

Man Beaten by Mob as "Justice for Trayvon":
The WKRG News Staff reports Matthew Owens from Mobile, Alabama was beaten by a mob on the front porch of his home after giving some kids playing basketball out in the street a hard time on Saturday night. The kids reportedly left, and a group of adults returned wielding pipes, paint cans, chairs, and brass knuckles. Ashley Parker, Owens' sister, who witnessed the horrific event, said 20 people, all African American, attacked her brother. Owens' family insists one of the attackers said, "Now that's justice for Trayvon" after the attack. A neighbor also said they heard a member of the mob make the same comment. Mobile Mayor Sam Jones said, "Police will certainly explore a racial motive if the evidence supports it...If people think we are going to tolerate that to bring attention to some national event, they are surely mistaken." 

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