Revised Assange Indictment Triggers First Amendment Concerns, Complicates Extradition

On May 23rd the Justice Department returned a superseding indictment against Julian Assange that not only includes and expands on the prior claim stemming from an attempt to hack into the Pentagon’s Secret Internet Protocol Network but adds sixteen additional charges stemming from obtaining and publishing classified information. Counts 5, 18: Attempted Unauthorized Obtaining and…

Six Things to Know About Devin Nunes’ Bizarre Lawsuit Against Twitter and a Tweeting Cow

1. Who is Devin Nunes? Devin Nunes (R) has represented the Fresno area in Congress since 2003.  Nunes was Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and gained notoriety for his highly partisan handling of the Committee’s investigation to allegations into Russian interference in the 2016 elections.  Nunes narrowly escaped defeat in 2018 in a Republican…

Ripoff Report Threatening Retaliation Against Its Critics

Today I received the letter below from David Warrington of LeClair Ryan on behalf of Xcentric Ventures LLC, which operates RipoffReport.com.  According to Warrington, RipoffReport is in the pre-complaint stage of a claim based on alleged anti-competitive busines practices and a conspiracy to damage the business of Xcenetric in its operations of the RipoffReport.com website…

CLBR #270: Venkat, Data Scraping and Daily Stormer

CLBR #270: Venkat, Data Scraping and Daily Stormer Focal Law Group’s Venkat Balasubramani joins us to discuss two recent developments: Dating Scraping after the hiQ Labs Decision The decision in hiQ Labs, Inc. v LinkedIn, Inc., No. 3:17-cv-03301-EMC (N.D. Cal. Aug. 14, 2017) in which the court enjoined LinkedIn from blocking access to publicly available…

Cloudflare, Daily Stormer and Free Speech Post-Charlottesville

The Daily Stormer is a Neo-Nazi web forum on the internet that takes its name from the Nazi Party’s tabloid newspaper Der Stürmer.  The Southern Poverty Law Center describes the Daily Stormer as a website dedicated to spreading anti-Semitism, neo-Nazism, and white nationalism, primarily through guttural hyperbole and epithet-laden stories about topics like alleged Jewish world control and…

Court Narrows, Restricts DOJ Warrant on Inaugural Protest Site

As we reported earlier, the Justice Department served a warrant concerning disruptj20.org on its hosting provider DreamHost seeking records of all visitors to the site, including all communications.  Rather than negotiate, the Justice Department moved to compel and DreamHost opposed the motion asserting that In essence, the Search Warrant not only aims to identify the political…

Quoted in PopSugar Article on DreamHost Warrant

I encourage you to check out Kyle Fitzpatrick’s article on the DreamHost Warrant – The Government Is Seeking Information on Anti-Trump Website Visitors — and People Are Concerned.  We posted on this controversy last week. In the article, Fitzpatrick quotes me on the following points: Kelley believes people should be worried about the government requesting this…

It’s Time to Speak Up to Save Your Internet

  It’s Time to Speak Up to Save Your Internet Today is the Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality, in which more than 50,000 people, sites, and organizations, including Amazon, Etsy Facebook, Google, Kickstarter, Mozilla, Netflix, OK Cupid, Reddit, Twitter and Vimeo, will demonstrate to oppose the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) plan to…

Supreme Court Wins for Free Speech

In two unanimous rulings today, the Supreme Court invalidated laws restricting free speech with respect to sex offender use of social media and trademark registration of disparaging terms. In Packingham v North Carolina, the Supreme Court addressed a North Carolina law that barred sex offenders from using social media.  Packingham was a convicted sex offender,…