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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.
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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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