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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 Motion for a Bill of Particulars but, given the bare-bones indictment in this case, we had no choice.
What is a Bill of Particulars? A bill of particulars is a detailed written statement of charges. And we’re sure you’re thinking to yourself, shouldn’t we already have that information? We think so too, which is why we had to file this Motion.
This is a dangerous prosecution; consider what happens when the political party you don’t like has the power to criminally prosecute you for a satirical, political meme criticizing them. No one should have the power DOJ is trying to seize here – the power to censor the internet without any basis in law or fact.
On February 25, 2022, the Honorable Nicholas G. Garaufis of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York will hear an oral argument on this Motion for a Bill of Particulars. Stay tuned for details on how to join us or watch.
This case is: U.S. v. Douglass Mackey, 21-CR-80 (EDNY) (NGG)
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