It's Probably Not A Good Idea To Ask People To Spam The Judge Hearing Your Case With Support Emails

from the pro-tips dept

Generally speaking, if you're on trial for something, it's probably not a good idea to piss off the judge. Informercial king Kevin Trudeau has been battling the FTC concerning his pitches for a diet book, which the FTC felt were deceiving. The court case itself has had a series of twists and turns, but as the latest case moved forward, Trudeau posted the judge's email address to his website, and announced it on his radio show, and asked people to email the judge in his support. Apparently, quite a few people did so -- and the judge was not amused, sentencing him to 30 days in jail. As Consumerist notes, the types of people who buy the sorts of things Trudeau is selling might not be the most rationally-minded people, and apparently a few took it upon themselves to not just email the judge their support of Trudeau, but to send vaguely threatening messages as well.

Still, there is an open question as to whether or not this is actually illegal. Eric Robinson points out that it's common enough for those on trial to have friends contact a judge, sometimes even via email. Of course, those sorts of setups are usually more limited to a specific group of selected friends, rather than broadcast to the public at large. Either way -- whether legal or not -- it does seem like a generally smart tip to remember: don't piss off a judge in charge of dealing with your case, and urging a hoard of followers to email that judge is pretty certain to piss him off.

Filed Under: contempt of court, kevin trudeau, spam


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 18 Feb 2010 @ 3:54pm

    Kevin Trudeau DOES have at least one good point

    For all his bad points, he does expose the fact that the FDA will not allow free speech about substances that it cannot by law regulate.

    Someone selling St. John's Wort cannot talk about the fact that might be able to replace Prozac, without all the side effects. But St. John's Wort cannot be regulated by the FDA as a "drug", because it doesn't have bad enough side effects.

    But because the large food and drug companies (such as Monsanto) take turns hiring the puppet FDA chief to massive contracts after they get the rules they desire, companies are, in essence, banned from talking about the positives of any herb that does not also have negatives enough to "be" a drug, such as glucosamine, St. John's Wort, echinacea, etc., etc., etc.

    The FDA conducts raids wherein they confiscate product and destroy computer equipment, putting small to medium companies out of business and fining the larger companies large amounts of money. This has been going on for years and is a major free speech issue that he champions.

    He mixes some true facts about things with outright ridiculous claims about curing AIDS, herpes and cancer, but all companies attempting to sell any natural remedy eventually suffer the wrath of the FDA.

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