Continuing postings of the media coverage on Criminal Defense Attorney Jay Leiderman and more on the Matthew Keys case
“Journalist linked to Anonymous found guilty of 3 federal counts of hacking” by Cyrus Farivar / ArsTechnica
Matthew Keys, a journalist, was found guilty on Wednesday of three counts of criminal hacking. He faces up to 25 years in prison, but officials are expected to seek less than five years.
On Twitter, his lawyer, Jay Leiderman, who has represented other Anonymous-related cases before, concurred that Keys would appeal the conviction and later sentence.
Leiderman, one of Keys’ lawyers, also told Ars that in the appeal phase, he would argue that no real damage was done to the Tribune’s systems.
“Here, they can click a button and click revert to backup story, so we’re asserting that there’s no damage under the meaning of the CFAA— that’s probably our main argument at this point,” he said.
“It was brought up in court, but this case got so dry and technical, and it really became about other things, that I think that got lost on the jury,” he continued. “It’s a pure legal argument. If someone goes ahead and erases stuff since the last time you saved, you can revert to your backup, you can go back. That costs you one click of your life. It’s not sane to say this is three federal felonies.”
“This case is about a journalist who wasn’t complicit with the feds when they asked,” Keys added. “There is no question about what this case is, none. This is about them approaching a journalist and then deciding to profile that journalist as a criminal. And it’s bullshit, it’s absolute bullshit. Meanwhile whatever attack occurred against Tribune, not a single thing is done. As a journalist that should frighten the hell out of you.”