Comedian Steve Martin had his Twitter.com followers scratching their heads this week after appearing to "report from jury duty" with a series of controversial updates about his court sessions. The "Pink Panther" star began writing the court-inspired tweets on Monday, December 20, leading fans to believe he had been summoned to perform his civic duty.
But his microblog messages immediately prompted devotees to question whether he was actually sitting on a jury or if it was all a big ruse after raising concerns about his impartiality with his very first post. He wrote, "REPORT FROM JURY DUTY: defendant looks like a murderer. GUILTY. Waiting for opening remarks."
In a series of later posts, Martin added, "guy I thought was up for murder turns out to be defense attorney. I bet he murdered someone anyway. "Prosecuting attorney. Don't like his accent. Serbian? Going with INNOCENT. We're five minutes in."
Martin also claimed to have angered the presiding judge by making funny remarks in court, before tweeting about "discussing (the) case with news media" during a lunch break - a clear violation of jury rules. But Martin's publicist Alan Nierob has brushed off the concerns and criticism, insisting the actor is simply testing out new comedy material. Nierob tells the New York Post, "He's not serving jury duty, just tweeting as usual."