True, Attorney Jay Leiderman is a creative and multifaceted vigorous defense attorney. True, when the deck is stacked against you, Jay Leiderman is the lawyer you want to call. True, Jay isn’t just a rebel attorney / civil rights warrior, stomping out the cockroaches of injustice and fighting against governmental overreach; Jay Leiderman can have fun too. But this collage stands opposed to the last cartoon-filled fun time collage. This collage shows more of Jay’s career as of late.
Row 1 starts in the top left hand corner with a still picture of the editing process for the movie “The Hacker Wars.” The movie premiered in the East Village, New York City in November 2014. Jay was a consultant and a commentator in the movie. He is now in the Internet Movie Database (IMDB). Next is Jay Leiderman on the Russia Today news, talking about Julian Assange’s run for Senate in Australia. Going down the column, Jay is shown at a microphone, addressing a packed house during a benefit for the legal defense funds for imprisoned journalist Barrett Brown and imprisoned celebrated hacktivist Jeremy Hammond. He shared the stage with such impressive luminaries as Stanley Cohen, Michael Ratner, Tor Ekeland, Gregg Housh, Margaret Kuntsler, Alexis O’Brien, Birgitta Jonsdottir, Biella Coleman and Kevin Gallagher. Next is a slightly-bearded Jay after a series of prison visits wherein he interviewed a number of client’s and witnesses in cases he was then defending. In the lower left hand corner is the publicity picture from Jay’s website. It was taken on a typical day. Messy desk, lots of law books around. Jay doesn’t wear that tie or pocket square anymore, and he has upgraded offices, but other than that – that is Jay at work.
Column two starts with the same picture. This time, the publicity photo was photoshopped by the Guardian Newspaper for Jay’s author page. Jay was invited to write a column on cyber protest and protected speech. Underneath is the picture used by the Atlantic Magazine when they profiled Jay in a piece entitled “Hacktivist’s Advocate: meet the man that defends Anonymous.” The next picture down is Jay Leiderman as he arrives at federal court in Sacramento to defend embattled journalist Matthew Keys. Keys is charged with violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act while he was doing his job as an embedded journalist. That case will be tried in early 2015 (This post was published 18 December 2014). Going down, we next find a poster made by members of Anonymous Video Celebrating Jay as a defense attorney for Anonymous and Lulz Sec and as a valuable member of the online protest community. Next is Jay making another TV appearance on Russia Today’s news program. Beneath that is yet another TV appearance, this one on Huffington Post Live to discuss the Jeremy Hammond sentencing. Lastly, Jay is talking with the host on “B-Real TV’s 420 Show” as B-Real of Cypress Hill was just out of frame spinning tracks for the great interview.
The middle row starts with a protest tht shouls have been a celebration. Celebrated hacktivist Jeremy Hammond had just been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. He should have gotten less. 10 was the maximum. Jay points to the courthouse as a place of injustice on that day, but he implores the crowd to understand that eventually, someway, somehow, Jeremy will make the most of that injustice, and that we should never lose faith in hte system, only Judge Preska, who was horrible in that case since day one. Through it all, Jsy believes in American Justice, and keeps fighting therefor. Next down is another poster from Anonymous Video, celebrating the release and imploring that we not forget the incarcerated. The picture includes Jay and Stanley Cohen as lawyers that help the cause. It is a photoshop of the movie 12 Angry Men. Next is Jay again on B-Real’s 420 show discussing his book, Medical Marijuana Law in California. Below that is an interview that Jay gave to Vice’s Motherboard news. Jay and Tor Ekeland had just visited journalist and satirist Barrett Brown in Seagoville TX prison and were on the way to speak at South By SouthWest in Austin TX. The panel was about “The Hacker Wars: The War Has Already Begun” movie. Jay is in the movie. It was at SXSW that Jay coined the phrase “tin foil as reality.” The picture on the bottom of the middle column is Jay speaking at the DefCon XX conference about freedom on the internet.
Atop the 4th column is a very, very flattering montage of pictures put together by Lorax of Radio AnonOps. Though he does this for every regular guest, it is extraordinarily flattering nonetheless. Jay is a regular guest. Below that is Jay speaking on a second panel at DefCon XX. This time he was answering questions after a screening of Brian Knappenberger’s “We Are Legion.” Below that is a picture of Jay and Matthew Keys leaving court to the flask of a number of cameras. The case has attracted national attention and many photographers were present to document the first appearance. The next picture is of Jay hard at work at his desk. The picture was taken for a profile of Jay by Tony Biassoti that ran in his hometown paper, the Ventura County Star. Next is a still from a TV appearance on Russia Today News wherein Jay discussed the formation of the Whistleblower’s Defense League, “formed to combat what they describe as the FBI and Justice Department’s use of harassment and over-prosecution to chill and silence those who engage in journalism, Internet activism or dissent.” Jay was one of the three founding members of the “WBDL.” Teh picture under that shows a lighter moment from Jay’s aforementioned internet freedom panel at DefCon XX, and a big smile and laughter. There were about 1,200 people on hand for the presentation. Below that is another still of the editing of the movie “The Hacker Wars.”
Atop the last column, in the upper right corner, is Jay addressing a hometown crowd of Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions. Below that is another picture from Jay’s appearance on Huff Post Live after the Jeremy Hammond sentencing. Below that is another picture of Jay from his interview in the Ventura County Star. Jay has couches in his office so that he does not have to meet with clients across a desk. It is nerve-wracking enough to be part of a criminal case. The couches are there to put the clients at ease. Breaking down the walls that inhibit communication is a vital part of Jay’s practice. Also pictured are some of Jay’s diplomas and awards. Jay Leiderman has his bonafides in academia, that cannot be questioned. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of San Francisco School of Law, where he was president of the student body. He is a California State Bar Certified Criminal Law Specialist. That specialization certificate is pictured above Jay. Below that is another picture of Jay at the Jeremy Hammond post-sentencing rally. In the lower right corner is a picture of Jay contemplating the setting sun atop a volcano in Guatemala. Jay likes to experience other cultures to gain a broader world view such that he can bring that experience to his cases.
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