Consequently, even America’s most prominent defenders of computer criminals don’t defend them all the time, or even most of the time.And when they do, they often work for free, or close.Or it might be because Leiderman is already your lawyer.
Also among them were a handful of court appearances he was making on behalf of a friend and former officemate who had not totally unexpectedly killed himself the week before.
And then there was the case of Matthew Keys, the former Reuters social media editor who had been convicted the previous October of conspiring to hack the website of the Los Angeles Times and who faced up to 87 months in prison.
On March 18, 2013, a Monday, Jay Leiderman went on Huff Post Live to discuss his newest client, Matthew Keys.
Keys had been indicted the previous Thursday by the U. government, which alleged that he had passed login credentials to members of Anonymous in an internet chat and encouraged members of the hacking collective to deface websites owned by the Tribune Company, his former employer, against which he had a grudge.
That might be because he’s already written about your case to his thousands of followers online.
It might be because your lawyers need advice themselves.That means, in 2016, it isn’t possible to have a solvent criminal law business solely devoted to defending hackers.And so the vast majority of people who trickle into Leiderman’s practice have nothing to do with the CFAA.He walked through reception — past a legal assistant, past twin charcoal portraits of the imprisoned hacker Jeremy Hammond and journalist Barrett Brown, past a framed copy of a Ventura County Star feature identifying Leiderman as “one of the top attorneys in the country for people accused of violating the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act,” past several framed pieces of Grateful Dead album art — and into the corner office. ”Bogdan had been calling all morning about a hearing in his case, which was typical of Leiderman’s often bizarre workload.Leiderman, having paused a bootleg 1978 live performance of the Rolling Stones’ “Some Girls,” spun in his chair to face his client, a shambolic-looking white man with a dead tooth.“You’re here? The 39-year-old movie memorabilia dealer had slowly been going blind since 2004 and had recently started paying porn stars for sex, or, as Leiderman put it, “enjoying his sight while he’s still got it.” Last year, after a relationship with one such escort soured — she claims he was harassing her on social media, while he claims to have become enraged after she asked him to pay her to exchange text messages — she took out a restraining order against him that included his writing online.Over the past five years, Leiderman has turned himself into one of the central figures in the small world of lawyers who regularly defend hackers.