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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    TW Burger (profile), 18 Feb 2010 @ 10:15pm

    Re: Kevin Trudeau DOES have at least one good point

    This article is regarding an FTC matter. The FDA regulates all products that claim medicinal applications - drugs. A drug is a drug whether it is synthesized in a laboratory or gathered in the forest. It has to meet certain guidelines as to purity and consistent concentration. When it does the drug can have a DIN (drug identification number) and then be sold as medicine. It does not actually have to work or do anything claimed, just not be dangerous to consume in the recommended dosage.

    The problem with most of the "Natural Cure" products is that they often contain none or far too much of the active ingredient and can have dangerous substances like heavy metals mixed in as fillers. These are what the FDA bans - dangerous, unregulated garbage from shady companies.

    You touch upon some truths here but offer no facts or proofs. But, listen, if you think the secret government alien-human hybrid Monsanto created clones in the black helicopters are hovering overhead and listening in on your thought waves just beef up your aluminum foil helmet with another bag of genetically altered Monsanto corn based Fritos and you'll be OK.

    I for one welcome our new Monsanto alien hybrid overlords.

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