Third Circuit hears oral argument in United States v. Auernheimer

March 20

As regular readers know, I represent Andrew Auernheimer in a computer hacking case that is presently on appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. The court heard arguments Wednesday morning, and you can listen to the argument here. Howard Bashman has collected press reports of the argument here and here.

I’ll let others comment on the argument and the prospects going forward, but I’ll add one personal note: As a former Third Circuit clerk, it was particularly satisfying to argue a case there. I hadn’t been to the Third Circuit’s main courtroom since I was one of the clerks sitting on the side of the room during arguments. Although it was somewhat bittersweet that I argued in the Maris courtroom on the same day that one of the Third Circuit’s great judges passed away. Senior Judge Joseph F. Weis Jr., who joined the court in 1973, died Wednesday at age 91.

Orin Kerr is the Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor at The George Washington University Law School, where he has taught since 2001. He teaches and writes in the area of criminal procedure and computer crime law. Kerr is a former law clerk for Justice Anthony Kennedy at the U.S. Supreme Court. From 1998 to 2001, he was a Trial Attorney in the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section at the U.S. Department of Justice. In 2013, Chief Justice Roberts appointed Kerr to a 3-year term on the Advisory Committee for the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. You can follow him on Twitter @orinkerr.
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