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Twitter lands Oscar-winning screenwriter back in jail

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Screenwriter Roger Avary, who shared a 1995 Oscar-win for Best Screenplay with Quentin Tarantino for Pulp Fiction, will have to serve the remaining nine months of a one-year sentence in jail because of his time spent on Twitter. Avary, 44, was found guilty of driving while intoxicated which resulted in the death of one of his passengers, Andreas Zini, 34, of Modena, Italy. The accident occured in January 2008 when Avary was speeding down a PCH highway while returning to his home from a local bar.

In August 2009 Avary pled guilty to a charge of gross vehicular manslaughter and other related charges. The prosecution asked that Avary serve jail time of nearly seven years but the judge ruled the writer spend one year in a work furlough program, allowing him the opportunity to go to a job at a production company during working hours and work on screenplays for two films, Wolfenstein and Silent Hill 2. That's what Avary did, but during work hours he logged onto Twitter, the microblogging service, and posted tweets about his life at jail. Posting such sensitive information about who else was in jail, what police procedure was for strip searches and the schedule of the officers wasn't looked upon too favorably by the cops. For revealing sensitive information to the public Avary will now spend the rest of his sentence, which will be over in July 2010, in jail 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

"He really messed up," said Ross Bonfiglio, an official working for the Ventura County's sheriff's office. "He could have done nine months out of a year sentence, and not even in lock-up, for killing someone. Now he is going to do the remainder of that time in county jail." The sheriff's office said that Avary's day trips ended on Thanksgiving, shortly after a British newspaper first brought the matter of Avary's tweets to light.

-The Los Angeles Times.

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