Monday, blogger Karoli of Crooks and Liars referred to me like this:
That's the province of Popehat and his gang of libertarian lawyers.
Friday, blogger Karoli of Crooks and Liars referred to me like this:
AL.com has a decent analysis, including quotes from LA lawyer Ken White of the Popehat blog:
Did I quit the gang? Did I stop being a bad lawyer and become a good lawyer?
Monday, Karoli was speaking in support of the (pseudo-) progressive Brett Kimberlin, and against the conservative people Kimberlin is suing for blogging about him. I've defended the people Kimberlin is suing in the face of his censorious and abusive lawsuits that attempt to suppress First Amendment rights. So I was a gang leader.
Friday, Karoli was speaking in favor of progressive Roger Shuler, and against the conservatives suing him. I criticized the injunction against Roger Shuler as a prior restraint that violated the First Amendment. So I was a "LA Lawyer" worthy of quoting.
Monday, Karoli felt comfortable letting the court sort it out when Brett Kimberlin sues people for blogging, and not drawing conclusions about whether Kimberlin's complaint is political or his targets' speech is protected:
I don't write any of this with an intention to hold blog court, nor is this post intended to take up the cause of justice for Brett Kimberlin. That's the province of Popehat and his gang of libertarian lawyers. The court will decide this case, and as part of that decision they'll have to decide what constitutes free speech and what does not.
Friday, Karoli felt comfortable saying that the court's contempt order in Roger Shuler's case is wrong, that the case against him is political, and that his speech is protected:
Blogging is not a crime, and having bloggers tossed in jail because you're the son of a powerful politician with your own ambitions is a dangerous precedent that has not escaped the scrutiny of many, without regard to whether we are right or left.
I'm tempted to be uncouth. I'm tempted to draw the conclusion that Karoli views free speech as something that people she likes should have.
But maybe I'm wrong.
Karoli has been blogging for a while. She's a capable writer who has addressed many social, legal, and political disputes.
Surely, in all that blogging, she's spoken out once in defense of the free speech rights of someone she opposes politically.
Last 5 posts by Ken White
- Free Speech Triumphant Or Free Speech In Retreat? - June 21st, 2017
- The Power To Generate Crimes Rather Than Merely Investigate Them - June 19th, 2017
- Free Speech, The Goose, And The Gander - June 17th, 2017
- Free Speech Tropes In The LA Times - June 8th, 2017
- I write letters - June 1st, 2017