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Attorney Argues His Blog Post About Judge Was Protected Speech

The Daily Business Review is reporting on a blog post case where in exchange for a public reprimand, a Florida criminal defense attorney admitted to violating a Florida Bar rule forbidding attorneys from impugning the qualifications of a judge and making statements known to be false or in reckless disregard to the truth. The case centers on a JAABlog post where the attorney called a controversial Broward judge an "evil, unfair witch" and "seemingly mentally ill".

The deal with the Florida Bar was called into question last month by the Florida Supreme Court. The Court has now directed the parties to file briefs by Monday on whether the attorney's comments are protected speech under the First Amendment. For now, read Respondent Sean William Conway's Show Cause Order Response (pdf) in Florida Bar v. Conway (No. SC08-326). [JH]

July 18, 2008 in Blog Law | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

AOL Spammer Gets 30 Months

U.S. District Judge Denny Chin in Manhattan sentenced Adam Vitale to 30 months in prison, to be followed by three years supervised release. He also was ordered to pay restitution of more than $183,000 to AOL. Vitale plead to conspiracy and two counts of violating anti-spam laws last year for sending unsolicited "spam" emails to about 1.2 million AOL subscribers. 

Meanwhile, "spam king" Robert Soloway awaits sentencing in Seattle. The government is asking for 14 years. The sentence may be handed down on July 22. Details here. On Sentencing Law & Policy, criminal law prof, Douglas Berman (OSU), asks You be the judge: what sentence should "Spam King" get? [JH]

July 17, 2008 in Internet Law | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Court Orders Newspaper To Disclosure Identity of Anonymous Blogger

In Ottinger v. The Journal News, ___Misc. 3d ___ (July 8, 2008) Westchester County (NY) Court Judge Rory J. Bellantoni reasoned: "There is no question that the First Amendment protects the right of a person to speak anonymously. That protection, however, is no greater than the right of a person to speak when their identity is known. . ." and a court "must balance the defendant's First Amendment right of anonymous free speech against the strength" of the plaintiff's case.

Details with additional links on Adjunct Law Prof Blog. [JH]

July 16, 2008 in Blog Law | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Theo Schlossnagle on Internet Traffic Spikes

Theo Schlossnagle analyzes how Internet traffic spikes are shifting in Dissecting Today's Internet Traffic Spikes. Hat tip to Jesse Robbins, O'Reilly Radar. [JH]

July 15, 2008 in Internet, General | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

New Practitioner Law Blogs

California Professional License Defense Blog

A legal blog that covers professional license defense law, news and events dealing with professional defense. Written by the Orange County, California criminal defense attorneys at the legal of Pilchman & Kay.

Queens, Nassau County & Long Island Lawyer Blog

A legal blog that covers case law, news, and events dealing with legal issues. Written by Queens, Nassau County & Long Island Island Lawyer Stephen Bilkis.

July 14, 2008 in Lawyer Blogging | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack