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Comments on Petitioner’s Opening Supreme Court Brief in Van Buren v. United States

We have previously covered the SCOTUS’s interesting decision to grant certiorari in Van Buren v. United States – a criminal case where the petitioner has appealed his conviction under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).

The case is potentially significant because the lower court’s interpretation of the CFAA, defended by the government on appeal, would criminalize large swaths of seemingly innocuous computer use. For example, a SCOTUS decision for the government could mean that your yearly March Madness office pool is now a criminal conspiracy.

On July 1, the petitioner submitted his opening brief which lays out his arguments … Read More »