Conviction Over Internet Aliases Argued in Dead Sea Scrolls Case

, New York Law Journal


Under the plain language of New York's third-degree forgery statute, many of President Donald Trump's Twitter followers, the author of the Federalist Papers and others who have used pseudonyms could be prosecuted, an attorney for blogger and disbarred lawyer Raphael Golb argued Friday before a federal appeals court. Such a broad reading would be unworkable, even absurd, attorney Ronald Kuby said in argument to a federal appeals panel.

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    For documentation of this case, see: Here is a question, from the briefs: would Raphael Golb have been prosecuted if he had "deceived" certain members of the academic community into believing that the NYU department chairman had sent out holiday greetings? Interestingly, at least some of the criminalized emails were palpably satirical. Clearly we are now heading towards a situation where prosecutors are allowed to decide which forms of mimicry are appropriate, which forms of deadpan need to be punished with jail, which failed parodies can be tolerated and which require the mobilization of the criminal law apparatus on behalf of well-to-do and well-connected members of the community.

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