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Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Where are they now, on-line?

I was writing today about United States v. Lanier (1997), a civil-rights prosecution of a former state-court judge for sexually assaulting court workers and litigants in his chambers. I use the case a lot in Civil Rights because it offers great facts for a number of concepts--judicial immunity, under color of law, and criminal enforcement of due process violations. Curious, I googled David W. Lanier and found this Facebook page, apparently set up by his son two years ago, dedicated to securing Lanier's freedom (he was sentenced to 25 years in 1993 and is due to be released in 2018). The site has 180+ likes. I know Facebook and the interwebs have space for all sorts of causes, but a reduced sentence (if not an outright pardon) for a judge who rapes and stalks women is not a cause for which you expect to see much support. The hook seems to be that Lanier is now about 77 and in poor health and does not want to die in prison.

Posted by Howard Wasserman on December 4, 2012 at 02:05 PM in Howard Wasserman | Permalink

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Seems to me that 180 Likes are probably close to the level of background noise on Facebook. Even if a meaningful number, it's unclear what it means -- for example, 2,344 people like Lung Cancer. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lung-cancer/113564751987617.

Posted by: Montgomery Kosma | Dec 5, 2012 2:58:54 AM

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