On February 10, 2021, the United States government indicted me on a single felony count for violating 18 U.S.C § 241, which forbids conspiracies to “injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate . . . in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured . . . by the Constitution. . . .” The government alleges that I did so by engaging in a conspiracy to meme in 2016. This entirely novel prosecution constitutes a dangerous prosecutorial overreach and egregious attack on Due Process and the First Amendment.
To fund my legal defense and fight this prosecutorial overreach, we badly need your help. A federal criminal trial is an expensive, technical affair against the Department of Justice and its vast resources. Thanks to your generosity, we have already raised and spent hundreds of thousands of dollars through the Motion to Dismiss phase of the case, and yet we will still need $500,000 or more to launch a proper defense if this case goes to trial and is not dismissed.
I have already come out of pocket with all my savings I can possibly contribute and will still be on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal bills before this case even goes to trial, so please dig deep and give generously, in accordance with your personal financial means.
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Here is more background on the case:
Andrew McCarthy: The Justice Department’s Ridiculous Voter Disinformation Prosecution
Eugene Volokh: Are Douglass Mackey’s Memes Illegal?
Scott Greenfield: Is Misinformation A Crime?
Norm Pattis: Federal Prosecutors Take Aim At Free Speech
Norm Pattis: What’s Really At Stake In The 2016 “Meme” Prosecution of “Ricky Vaughn”
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