Appeals Court Says Feds Can File Oversized Brief In Weev Case, But His Defense Has To Keep Its Reply Short
from the due-process! dept
The case against Andrew “weev” Auernheimer is already crazy enough. He’s been charged by the feds with a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) for finding a huge security hole created by AT&T. Still, a court found him guilty. The appeal is ongoing, with the DOJ basically arguing that weev broke a rule that it made up. And, now, the third circuit appeals court is apparently stacking the deck against weev.
The government had made a request to file an “oversized” brief to present their case. In response, weev’s lawyers requested the ability to file an “oversized” brief in reply to the government’s brief. The DOJ did not oppose this request. Yet, the court approved the government’s request while denying the defense request. In short: the government can file a giant brief throwing the kitchen sink of legal theories at weev, while weev’s team is limited in how much space it has to reply. No matter what you think of weev, who seemed to take joy in pissing off just about everyone, at the very least you’d think he deserved the right to present a full response to the claims made against him by the government.