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Brief Harris Appellateterm

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To Be Argued By
:J
OHN
K. R
OCHE
(Admitted
 pro hac vice
)New York Criminal Court Clerk’s Index No. 2011NY080152
New York Supreme Court
APPELLATE TERM
FIRST DEPARTMENT
T
HE
P
EOPLE OF THE
S
TATE OF
N
EW
Y
ORK
,
 Respondent,
—against—M
ALCOLM
H
ARRIS
,
 Defendant,
T
WITTER
, I
NC
.,
 Non-Party Movant-Appellant.
BRIEFFOR NON-PARTYMOVANT-APPELLANT
d
J
OHN
K. R
OCHE
, E
SQ
.(Admitted
 pro hac vice
)P
ERKINS
C
OIE
LLP700 13th Street, N.W., Suite 600Washington, D.C. 20005(202) 434-1627 jroche@perkinscoie.comK
ARL
J. S
LEIGHT
, E
SQ
.H
ARRIS
B
EACH
, PLLC677 Broadway, Suite 1101Albany, New York 12207(518) 701-2716ksleight@harrisbeach.com
REPRODUCED ON RECYCLED PAPER
 Attorneys for Non-Party Movant-AppellanTwitter, Inc.
CAL. NO.
 
 
i
SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORKAPPELLATE TERM
 — 
FIRST DEPARTMENT
______________________________________________The People of the State of New York,
Plaintiffs-Appellees,
 — 
against
 — 
 Malcolm Harris,
 Defendant,
Twitter, Inc.,
 Non-Party Movant-Appellant.
 ______________________________________________
STATEMENT PURSUANT TOCPLR 5531
New York CountyCriminal CourtIndex No.: 2011NY080152
STATEMENT PURSUANT TO CPLR 5531
1.
 
The index number of the case is 2011NY080152.2.
 
The full names of the original parties are The People of the State of NewYork (Respondent), Malcolm Harris (Defendant), and Twitter, Inc. (Non-partyMovant-Appellant).3.
 
The action was commenced in New York City Criminal Court, New York County.4.
 
With respect to Twitter, this action was commenced on January 26, 2012when Twitter received a subpoena via facsimile for records related to Defendant
Malcolm Harris’ Twitter account, @destructuremal. On March 8, 2012,
Twitterreceived another subpoena via facsimile, seeking records related to a different
 
 
iiTwitter account of Defendant, @getsworse. On March 16, 2012, Defendant Harrisfiled a Motion to Quash the subpoenas in the Criminal Court of the City of NewYork.
On April 20, 2012, Defendant’s M
otions to Quash were denied by an Orderof the Honorable Matthew A. Sciarrino Jr. On May 7, 2012, Twitter filed a Motionto Quash the subpoenas received on January 26, 2012 and March 8, 2012, as wellas the Order dated April 20, 2012 pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 2703(d). On May 30,
2012, the New York County District Attorney’s Office personally served
subpoenas
identical to those at issue in Twitter’s pending Motion to Quash
on a
member of Twitter’s Board of Directors
in New York City. On June 11, 2012,Twitter filed an identical Motion to Quash the subpoenas issued on May 30, 2012.
On June 30, 2012, the Criminal Court of the City of New York denied Twitter’s
Motions to Quash. This appeal then ensued.5.
 
The object of this action is for a judgment reversing the trial court’s
Orderdated
June 30, 2012 and quashing the subpoenas for Defendant Harris’ Twitter 
records in their entirety. Furthermore, Twitter seeks an order from this Courtholding that Twitter user Harris has standing under New York and Federal law tomove to quash subpoenas for his Twitter records.6.
 
This appeal is from two orders of the Honorable Matthew A. Sciarrino, Jr.,dated April 20, 2012 and June 30, 2012.

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