Tag: Barrett Brown
A federal complaint filed in California accuses the Department of Justice of trying to collect the names of anonymous donors to a legal defense fund for journalist Barrett Brown, who had been imprisoned for four years prior to his release in November.
Barrett Brown, a Texas-based journalist who was imprisoned by federal authorities following a raid of both his apartment and his mother’s house amid his own investigations into government defense contractors, was released from prison Tuesday, five months prior to his scheduled release date. Brown, who pleaded guilty two years ago to three Internet threats, accessory after the fact, and interfering with the execution of a search warrant, had originally been charged with more than a dozen crimes and faced more than 100 years in prison. A majority of the charges were dropped after his lawyers challenged the wisdom of the allegations in court.
Up until March 2014, Brown was facing more than 100 years in prison.
Recent arrests of journalists covering protests in Missouri have put a spotlight on press freedoms in the US. A NYT reporter could go to jail if he refuses to reveal his anonymous source in a book he wrote in 2006.
“The reality is that Barrett had wanted to take responsibility for everything that he actually did."
Brown pleaded guilty in March to three separate counts. His plea deal had been under seal for nearly a month.
"Just the threat of getting charged is enough to chill that journalistic practice. It sends a real scary message to those people who do this for a living.”
“The criminalization of Mr. Brown’s speech (by republishing the hyperlink) is an unconstitutional abridgment."