Earlier in my posts on Nakoula Basseley Nakoula of "Innocence of Muslim" fame I offered thoughts about why Nakoula's film-related activities might lead the U.S. Probation Office to start proceedings to revoke his supervised release in his federal fraud case.
Since then, I've been watching PACER for any indication that the probation officer has initiated revocation proceedings. That hasn't happened as of this writing. However, last night an attorney filed a request for approval of substitution of counsel in that fraud case — that is, a request for the judge's permission to appear on behalf of Nakoula in the place of his former attorney. Since the case is over, and wouldn't normally require any further appearance by an attorney — PACER still shows it as closed — the request strongly suggests that Nakoula and his attorney believe that probation revocation proceedings may be imminent. There would be no reason to file the substitution otherwise. Filing the substitution means that the new attorney will get automatic and immediate notification through PACER of any filing by the U.S. Probation Office. (I can sign up for automatic notification as well through a system set up for the "press" upon submission of "credentials." The identity of what "credentials" I would submit as a blogger is a matter of polite discussion with the clerk's office. I am strongly considering printing out the post where I coined the phrase "snort my taint.")
I'll follow up as circumstances warrant. Were I a betting man, I'd bet we won't see "he uploaded a video to YouTube" as a proposed violation; any computer-related violation will be based on more extensive use. I'd also bet that in any revocation proceeding we'll see claims about use of an alias and use of financial instruments that have not been disclosed to the probation officer.
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