Latest developments in the Dead Sea Scrolls trial of Raphael Golb:
Raphael Golb's attorney Ron Kuby has filed his Appeal brief, to the First Appellate Division of New York:
Tucker Carlson opened a fake website/email for "Keith Olbermann." "Olbermann" answered a reporter, who believed him, with outrageous emails. "...it's amusing as hell," said Carlson.
"The opportunity to acquire KeithOlberman.com arose
and we felt it was a market niche which we could enter and dominate
and it would be a public service so we did it.
Plus it's amusing as hell." -Tucker Carlson
If the court of Appeals does not overturn the Dead Sea Scrolls case, then people like Tucker Carlson stand in danger of being sent to the State Penitentiary for this "amusing" behavior.
The jist of Kuby's argument seems to be that what Raphael Golb did on the internet was simply not a crime.
Be aware that this case would affect not just folks like Tucker Carlson, but you and me alike. It's puzzling that the case has not received the attention it deserves. It's scary to see how the most important things can slip by right under our noses; as has this small, short, peculiar and scarcely-noticed case-- carrying away with it our rights and liberties, without our even knowing about it.
This is an unprecedented case. This is the first time that an internet hoax, for purposes of legitimate criticism, has been criminalized-- so the ramifications could be enormous, on what is or is not allowable on the internet. It could be a startling check on free speech. We should all be waiting to hear if this case will be overturned by Appeals Court.
An aside: I realized the clearest way to see that Raphael Golb's mock emails were ridiculous and intended as satire, is to substitute the word "murder"- i.e. emailing one's colleagues alerting them to a link of a youtube video of oneself committing murder; and asking for their help in covering it up. This absurd substitution makes it immediately obvious how a "confession" is clearly a joke.