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Washington prosecutor wants to jail cartoonist for mocking police
I'm sure the prosecutor is regretting this now. I wonder what the State Bar thinks about him and the judge that signed off on it?

From Raw Story
A prosecutor in Renton, Washington wants to send an anonymous Internet cartoonist to jail for embarrassing the police department.

In documents obtained by KIRO 7, prosecutors asked the King County Superior Court to issue a warrant forcing Google to turn over the true identity of cartoonist known as MrFiddlesticks.

One video even seems to address the prosecutor’s obsession with the cartoonist.

“Is there any reason why an anonymous video, with no identifying information that ties it to the department or city is being taken more seriously than officers having sex on duty, arguing with outside agencies while in a drunken stupor off duty, sleeping while on duty, throwing someone off a bridge, and having inappropriate relationships with coworkers and committing adultery?” a cartoon officer asked.

“The reason is that internal dirt is internal,” a cartoon bureaucrat replied. “The department will crucify certain people and take care of others.”

City prosecutors are basing their case on a broad cyberstalking law that makes it a crime to “harass,… torment, or embarrass” a person with “any lewd, lascivious, indecent, or obscene words, images, or language.”

“The cyberstalking angle doesn’t pass the laugh test,” cyber-law expert Venkat Balasubramani told KIRO 7′s Chris Halsne. “It’s a serious stretch and I’d be surprised if somebody looked at it and realistically thought these acts actually fit the statute and we could make somebody criminally liable.”

“I think they were trying to get at the speaker and they looked around for a statute that shoehorned their conduct into and sent that to Google and said ‘turn over the information.’”

The City Attorney’s office and Renton police department did not respond to questions from Halsne.

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Here are the documents asking for the warrant (click each page to enlarge):

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Oooh. Embarrassment from the truth apparently stung badly enough to spur willingness to risk further embarrassment.

I wonder if they're beginning to see a pattern here...
Pretty ominous when you think about it. The whole idea of free speech is so that people could criticize government. Now if people gather evidence they can be arrested.
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." - George Santayana
Looks like the judge that signed the warrant is getting cold feet.

The judge who signed a criminal cyber-stalking search warrant, seeking the name of an anonymous cartoon animator mocking the Renton police department, has apparently changed his mind.

King County Judge James Cayce, issued a "stay" of the search warrant Tuesday, pending full court hearing on the matter scheduled for August 19. The ruling is in response to a ‘motion to quash’ filed by a Seattle first amendment rights attorney.


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Edited by Skeeve on 09/20/2011 18:15
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