Transcript for Courtney Love Wins Defamation Twitter Case
We'll turn to a social media milestone. Courtney love winning a decision in the first ever Twitter liable trial. A jury saying the singer did not defame one of her former lawyers in a tweet. ABC's Linzie Janis has the details. ♪ Reporter: This morning, the queen of grunge's legal headache is finally over after a los Angeles jury decided in her favor. The case, which has become known as the twibel trial, the nation's first liable trial that started because of a tweet. The verdict handed down after three hours of deliberation as the jury weighed eight days of testimony from Kurt cobain's widow. In this 2010 tweet she suggested Rhonda Holmes had been, quote, bought off when she wouldn't help love in a legal battle. Love told media outside of the L.A. Courthouse that it was her fame that landed her in front of a judge. Famous people tend to just pay people and just pay people and just pay people. I didn't know if the system works and it works. Reporter: She was at times emotional on the stand and told the court she's useless with computers, thought she was sending a direct or personal message and quickly deleted the tweet she called just an opinion. The attorney for Holmes said that despite being awarding nothing by the jury his client was the crew victor. On listening to all the evidence they determined Rhonda was not bought off. Holmes had been suing love for $8 million in damages. You know better than anyone why this trial was seen as so significant. Well, it was the judge's ruling early on that made this so important. It was by the judge saying I'm going to let a jury decide this case. As a legal matter I'm going to treat what you write on Twitter the same way that we would treat something you write in "The new York times." That's what made this so important and became the first case based on a tweet that went to trial. Because he could have just dismissed this from the get-go. Absolutely. Many people thought he might and treat the two differently. Is this indicative of future cases, we're such a social media driven world. In particular based on what people say on Twitter. The awful things people someti sometimes say on Twitter and how offended people get I will expect we'll see a lot more cases. The moral, don't tweet if you're emotional or -- Yes, be quiet. Three times. Yes, yes. Don't drink and tweet either. Okay, thanks, Linzie. You heard Ron at the other
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