July 23, 2024 7:36 am

The Latest in the Prosecution of eBay Managers for Cyberstalking Online Critics

From the Justice Department’s Thursday press release: The former Senior Manager of Special Operations for eBay’s Global Security Team was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for his role in a cyberstalking campaign targeting a Massachusetts couple. The defendant and his co-conspirators harassed and intimidated the victims in retaliation for their publication of an…

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July 22, 2024 1:11 pm

Nina Jankowicz’s Libel Lawsuit Against Fox News Network Dismissed by Federal Judge

The judge concludes Fox’s statements about Jankowicz’s plans as Executive Director of the DHS Disinformation Governance Board, and the circumstances of her leaving the position, were constitutionally protected opinion—and, even if they were viewed as factual assertions, were substantially true.

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July 22, 2024 5:01 am

Limited Right of Access to Court Records in Extradition Cases?

From Judge James Donato’s opinion Wednesday in In the Matter of the Request Extradition of Artt (N.D. Cal.): In 1992, the United States, at the request of the United Kingdom, initiated extradition proceedings in this District against Kevin John Barry Artt and other individuals who had escaped from a prison in Northern Ireland after convictions…

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July 22, 2024 4:00 am

Firearms Policy Coalition Takes No Prisoners in Sharp Response to Thin-Skinned Maine Governor

Gov. Janet Mills’s office referred critical social media posts to the police. The FPC pushed back.

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July 20, 2024 6:11 pm

“Getting a Home Depot Employee Fired for Calling for Trump’s Assassination Is Still Cancel Culture”

Billy Binion had a piece on Reason about this on Wednesday, which I think is generally quite right. An excerpt, though there’s more at the link: Whatever your feelings on the former president, cheering on his assassination attempt is, in fact, wrong. It is also wrong to weaponize your millions of followers to turn a…

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July 20, 2024 6:52 am

“Someone Must Have Taken the Bar Exam for You” Was Just Insult, Not Libel

“[A]nyone who has used Facebook is aware that it is a platform that breeds spiteful and juvenile exchanges.”

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July 19, 2024 2:28 pm

Moving to Unseal Material in Pennsylvania Sen. Douglas Mastriano’s Lawsuit Related to His Ph.D. Thesis

Sen. Mastriano (who is running for reelection to the state senate, and who ran in 2022 for Governor) is suing for, among other things, libel—but trying to keep the allegedly libelous material under seal.

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July 19, 2024 8:53 am

Climate Protestors Sentenced to Jail for Blocking Major Roadway in Britain

Organizers of the highway obstruction will spend years in jail for their anything-but-peaceful protest.

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July 19, 2024 5:01 am

Negative Client Reviews, Lawyer Responses Revealing Damaging Information about Clients, and “Offensive Personality”

From Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush’s Order Approving Statement of Circumstances and Conditional Agreement for Discipline in yesterday’s In the Matter of Wruble: Stipulated Facts: Respondent represented “Client” in a matter in St. Joseph County. The parties reached an agreement, and the case was dismissed after Client fulfilled the conditions of the agreement.…

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July 19, 2024 12:11 am

Before Going After Trump, Jack Smith Tried To Take Down The Tea Party

All Americans must remain wary of granting government agencies like the IRS power that can ultimately be turned against them.

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July 18, 2024 2:17 pm

Man Who Was Arrested for Flipping Off Cop Settles for $175,000

However distasteful, the First Amendment protects a citizen’s right to give a police officer the middle finger.

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July 18, 2024 1:30 pm

First Amendment Doesn’t Protect Being “Foreign Government [Agent] Without Notice to the Attorney General”

From U.S. v. Liang, decided Tuesday by Judge Indira Talwani (D. Mass.): Defendant Litang Liang is charged with acting as an agent of a foreign government without notice to the Attorney General, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 951, and conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government without prior notification, in violation…

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July 18, 2024 10:17 am

Discrimination Lawsuit Against N.Y. City Official Can’t Be Totally Sealed at Plaintiff’s Behest

From Doe v. City of New York, decided today by Judge Gregory Woods (S.D.N.Y.): One distinguishing facet of the American legal system is its commitment to public access to the trial process. This legacy of “open justice” is as old as America itself. The plaintiff in this action asks that the Court deviate from that…

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July 18, 2024 7:59 am

No Pseudonymity in Libel Case Alleging False Domestic Violence Claims

From Doe v. Roe, decided today by the Ohio Court of Appeals, in an opinion by Judge Emanuella Groves, joined by Judges Eileen A. Gallagher and Sean Gallagher: Ms. Doe filed a seven-count complaint against the Roes … [alleging defamation, invasion of privacy, and related torts]…. The allegations stemmed from the Roes[‘] purported reporting of…

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