Return to Blog Archives>>

New Indictment in U.S. v Gottesfeld

U.S. v. Gottesfeld 16-MJ-4117 (MBB) (D. Mass.) On October 19. 2016, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts filed a two count indictment charging conspiracy to violate the CFAA, and intentionally causing damage to a computer in violation of the CFAA. Specifically, Mr. Gottesfeld is accused of orchestrating a Distributed Denial of Service attack (DDOS) against Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) and Wayside Youth Center in March and April of 2014, in protest over the controversial seizing of Justina Pelletier by BCH from her parents’ custody against her will. After a national uproar, including protests outside of Wayside Youth Center, she was returned to the custody of her parents in June 2014. In February of 2016 Mr. Gottesfeld’s boat engine failed off the coast of Cuba and he was picked up by a Disney Cruise ship. Upon returning to the port of Miami he was arrested on the criminal complaint. We expect him to be indicted shortly, and a trial schedule to be set by the court. Donations for Marty Gottesfeld’s legal defense can be made at Read the new indictment here Criminal Complaint  ]]]]> ]]>

Road to Nowhere

In Liminae: The Road to Nowhere

It takes us about six hours to drive to the rural state jail (that’s owned by two judges) the Feds contracted with to hold our client. Accused of computer crimes, he can’t effectively review evidence in jail – there’s no practical access to computers in the gulag. They’ve seized all his assets claiming they’re the ill-gotten gains of crimes the government can’t identify, and their computer forensics – if you can call them that – have no scientific basis and are full of basic errors and typos. In my decade as a federal criminal defense lawyer doing computer cases across the country, I’ve never come across a case where the government was so completely off.

Read More »

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

A defendant’s view from the trenches of federal criminal court This post is originally published to Substack. You can read and follow us there.

Read More »

For media inquiries, please email


©2022 Tor Ekeland Law, PLLC   •

Attorney Advertising   •   Past results do not guarantee future results   •   Licensed in New York