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Jay Leiderman on Huff Post Live in the studio in New York discussing an unjust sentence passed down by an unjust system

Jay Leiderman quoted in the Atlantic magazine in the article that initially dubbed him the Hacktivist’s Advocate.

Jay Leiderman quoted: “We have an opportunity here to make the courts, as these cases wind their way up, understand privacy issues, emerging tech issues, against the backdrop of civil rights and through the prism of free information.”

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jay leiderman quoted

Jay Leiderman on his way into Federal Court to present a vigorous and hard-hitting defense; his duty under the constitution and his privilege as a lawyer.

Jay Leiderman Quoted from the essay “On the Defense of Criminals”

“It is fashionable always to cast aspersion upon those that defend persons accused of committing crimes. The viler the accused crime, the more vigorous defense the accused needs, yet, at the same time, the more vitriol the defense attorney will face. I cannot speak for my brethren in the legal community, I can only state that what follows is my own brand of patriotism; I defend those charged with crimes because it is both my duty as a lawyer and as an American. Each piece of resistance to the encroachment of overreaching governmental power is, in and of itself, a victory for freedom.”

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In October of 2012 I got an email requesting an interview.  I get asked a lot of questions about a lot of topics, so I figured the reported, Luke Allnut, just wanted to ask me about how unjust the American criminal justice is, or about medical marijuana, or any of the various criminal law that I have lectured about over the last 15 years.  Of course, at that time I was getting a lot of questions about hackers, the computer collective known as Anonymous, hacktivism (hacker activism) or just computer issues in general.
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I’ve become well known as an advocate for changing certain computer laws – especially the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act or “CFAA.”  This act was codified as 18 USC 1030 in 1984. Believe it or not, this was, in part, a reaction to the movie “War Games.” In 1984, there were few places one could visit on the Internet. One would have to place their phone into their modem and specifically seek out that network.  In 1991, http protocol was established. Now one can use wifi and a browser and go anywhere anytime. You don’t have to dial up DARPA or MIT and request access to their system. Yet that law remains on the books – largely unchanged. That’s a horse and buggy law for a race car society. It is grotesquely outdated.

The New York Times did an article that centers on my client, Matthew Keys, who formerly worked in the social media department or Reuters.


Criminal Defense Attorney and “Hacktivist’s Advocate” Jay Leiderman discussed in the New York Times

It is a good article, well worth the read.  here’s a small quote mentioning me: Jay Leiderman, a criminal defense lawyer in Ventura, Calif., [is] known for representing computer hackers affiliated with Anonymous…

“Anyone horrified by the amount of jail time” Mr. Keys faced should join in calling for Congressional reform of the computer fraud act, Trevor Timm, an advocate and blogger at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit that supports an open Internet, wrote in a Twitter post on Thursday.

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