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… DDoS is absolutely speech, it should absolutely be recognized as such, protected as such, and the law should be changed… The government and people who write about tech tend to call it a “DDoS attack” but in certain circumstances it’s not a DDoS attack, but a DDoS protest. So the law should be narrowly drawn and what needs to be excised from that are the legitimate protests. It’s really easy to tell legitimate protests, I think, and we should be broadly defining legitimate protests… I don’t have to like or agree with the people that I represent to represent them. I have represented neo-Nazis and I’m Jewish… Everyone is entitled to a defense and the more reprehensible they are and maybe the more guilty they seem at the beginning of the case makes them more entitled to a vigorous and hard-hitting defense. So I don’t necessarily know that there’s someone I wouldn’t represent based upon what they did or based upon their politics… People who cooperate, throw someone else into harm’s way so they can soften the blow on themselves, I tend not to represent.
As mentioned in the Atlantic interview
Find the whole interview of the “Hacktivist’s Advocate” Jay Leiderman here.
Attorney Jay Leiderman is a California Bar Board of Legal Specialization Certified Criminal Law Specialist