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Breaking: The Douglass Mackey Motion for a Bill of Particulars

Donate to Douglass Mackey’s Legal Defense Fund here: https://givesendgo.com/douglassmackey This case is a direct threat to free speech on the Internet. No matter what your political persuasion, you should be concerned that the Government is attempting to criminally censor speech on the internet through a partisan prosecution that lacks any basis in law or fact. Normally we don’t file a

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CFAA 2021 Year in review
Computer Law
Tor Ekeland

2021 CFAA Year in Review

In 2021 the United States Supreme Court finally considered what constitutes unauthorized access under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. It put a bullet in the head of the terms of service theory of unauthorized access. United States v. Van Buren involved a similar fact pattern as the Second Circuit’s “cannibal cop” CFAA unauthorized access case United States v. Valle.

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The Cybersecurity 202: A fight in Missouri shows the damage of overbroad hacking laws

Tor was interviewed by the Washington Post as part of their Cybersecurity 202 column. “The governor’s office is trying to divert attention from the fact they left people’s Social Security numbers exposed and they’re criminalizing good reporting,” Tor Ekeland, an attorney who specializes in defending people accused of computer crimes, told me.  Washington Post, Cyber Security 202 Read the article here!

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Blackstone 8: Sexism & the Common Law

It’s common to criticize Blackstone for embracing the Common Law’s sexism. But a passage I read the other day made me critical of this attitude towards his work. It made me wonder if it is more a product of confusing what Blackstone wrote with such clarity about – the Common Law  – with his personal views. A passage where he

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On Blackstone 7: Camera Stellata

Camera Stellata is the Latin name for the Star Chamber, an English Royal prerogative court that evolved starting in the 14th century from the King’s Council that met at Westminster. The name comes from the azure ceilinged room with gilded stars the Council met in. Over the course of the next two centuries it became infamous for its inquisitorial and

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Interview – The World

Tor Ekeland was interviewed by public radio’s longest-running daily global news program, The World, on how the Assange ruling highlights conditions of the US prison system. Listen to his segment here. Access the Full Episode. To learn more about The World radio program or to find your local station please visit their website: https://www.pri.org/world-stations

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On Blackstone 7: The Lost Works

For all the Originalists’ trash talk I’m shocked that most of William Blackstone’s writings are out of print. In 2016, Oxford University Press published an edition of The Commentaries; but if you want to read other works by the man who invented modern legal scholarship you have to hunt. The 2006 edition of his Collected Letters is out of print,

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