But per the THR, Esq. preview of proceedings set to begin in LA January 18th, that honor may very well belong instead to Jessie Stricchiola (pictured). She is the San Francisco based expert witness for hire who has been enlisted, on behalf of plaintiff Simorangkir, with quantifying the damage done by Love’s allegedly abusive torrent of spring 2009 tweets.
To aid her case, Simorangkir plans to call to the stand Stricchiola, a social media expert who was tasked with studying how many people saw the Love rants and what kind of credibility is given to statements made on a casual forum like Twitter. Stricchiola will report her findings at trial.
There is also the suggestion that Love may cop the equivalent of a “Twitter insanity” plea, arguing that the micro-blogging service has addictive qualities that trump all common sense. If that’s the case, what’s Love’s excuse when she’s not at the computer or on the cell phone?
Update – 01/06/11: The trial date has been pushed back to February 8th. There is also a mandatory settlement conference scheduled for the week of January 10th.
Update – 02/01/11: The mandatory settlement conference must have gone well. Roger Friedman reports that is exactly where the matter is now headed, rather than a trial. Love’s Twitter account, @courtneyloveuk, went offline earlier this month.