Swat team burst into Peoria house looking for source of parody Twitter account that had upset town’s mayor

Illinois judge rules police entitled to Swat raid over parody Twitter account

Swat team burst into Peoria house looking for source of parody Twitter account that had upset town’s mayor

Jon Daniel created a spoof Twitter account in the name of Peoria’s mayor. His housemate now faces felony marijuana possession charges.

The police hadn’t even come for him. When four fully-armed officers of a Swat team burst into Jacob Elliott’s house in Peoria, Illinois in April they were looking for the source of a parody Twitter feed that had upset the town’s mayor by poking fun at him.

It transpired that one of Elliott’s housemates, Jon Daniel, had created the fake Twitter account, @peoriamayor, and so incensed the real-life official, Jim Ardis, with his make-believe account of drug binges and sex orgies that the police were dispatched. Elliott was just a bystander in the affair, but that didn’t stop the Swat team searching his bedroom, looking under his pillow and in a closet where they discovered a bag of marijuana and dope-smoking paraphernalia.

Elliott now faces charges of felony marijuana possession. He has also become the subject of one of the more paradoxical – if not parody – questions in American jurisprudence: can a citizen be prosecuted for dope possession when the police were raiding his home looking for a fake Twitter account?

More Here: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/19/illinois-judge-swat-ra...

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