Jay Leiderman

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Jay Leiderman

Jay Leiderman (born 12 April 1971) is an American criminal defense lawyer based in Ventura, California. The Atlantic Magazine called Leiderman the “Hacktivist’s Advocate” [1] for his work defending hacker-activists accused of computer crimes, or so-called (“Hacktivism”) [2] especially people associated with Anonymous.[3][4][5][6][7][8]

Other noteworthy cases Leiderman defended include People v. Diaz, which went to the California Supreme Court and made law on the ability of police to search a cell phone,[9] Louis Gonzalez, who was falsely accused of rape, attempted murder and torture by the mother of his child [10] and was jailed for 83 days before he was released and ultimately found factually innocent,[11] the Andrew Luster or so-called "Max Factor" heir habeas corpus proceeding, wherein his sentence was reduced by 74 years [12][13] the first-ever trial of medical marijuana defendants in San Luis Obispo County, California County,[14] and Ventura County, California's first concentrated Mexican Mafia prosecution.[15]

Leiderman co-authored a book on the legal defense of California medical marijuana crimes, which was published by NORML, the National Organization For the Reform of Marijuana Laws [16] He is also a founding member of the Whistleblower's Defense League,[17] "formed to combat what they describe as the FBI and Justice Department’s use of harassment and over-prosecution to chill and silence those who engage in journalism, Internet activism or dissent." [18] Leiderman used the phrase "tin foil as reality" [19] when describing the ever encroaching surveillance state. Leiderman frequently comments in diverse areas of the media about criminal and social justice issues. [20] [21] He also lectures around the state and nation on various criminal defense topics. [22] [23] [24] [25]


  1. ^ Hacktivist’s Advocate – Meet the Lawyer Who Defends Anonymous, The Atlantic 3 October 2012
  2. ^ Ventura attorney represents high-profile hackers in a red-hot area of the law, Ventura County Star 23 March 2013
  3. ^ Feds: Homeless hacker 'Commander X' arrested, CBS News
  4. ^ Ars Technica “Anon On The Run How Commander X Jumped Bail and Fled to Canada” by Nate Anderson
  5. ^ Hacking group activist's posts land him in trouble, Huffington Post, 5 October 2012
  6. ^ LulzSec Member Pleads Guilty
  7. ^ ‘Homeless Hacker’ Lawyer: DDoS Isn’t An Attack, It’s A Digital Sit In, Talking Points Memo (TPM) 28 September 2011
  8. ^ Social Media Editor Enters Plea in Hacking Case, Time 23 April 2013
  9. ^ State's high court rules police can conduct warrantless cell phone search,Ventura County Star 4 January 2011
  10. ^ Los Angeles Times “In This Assault Case, The Puzzle Pieces Don’t Fit” by Christopher Goffard
  11. ^ Los Angeles Times “A Man’s Nightmare Made Real”
  12. ^ "Convicted Rapist, Max Factor Heir Andrew Luster Seeks New Trial" Los Angeles Times 22 April 2012
  13. ^ Hearing scheduled in Andrew Luster's appeal of rape sentence,Ventura County Star 10 December 2012
  14. ^ The age of 'reason' Two defendants are acquitted in a historic medical marijuana case for SLO County, New Times 14 September 2011
  15. ^ Police say Mexican Mafia prison gang led crime ring in Ventura County 27 November 2012 Ventura County Star
  16. ^ NORML.org Page for Medical Marijuana Law in California by Jay Leiderman and James B. Devine
  17. ^ Salon.com 2 April 2013: Attorneys launch Whistleblower Defense League
  18. ^ FireDogLake 2 April 2013: Legal Group Launches to Aggressively Challenge US Government Prosecutions of Whistleblowers
  19. ^ Snowden, Greenwald and Assange live stream at SXSW festival 2014
  20. ^ Press Section www.jayleiderman.com
  21. ^ Jay Leiderman Blog
  22. ^ NORML Aspen Conference, Jay Leiderman, Lecturer (Religious Use of Drugs)
  23. ^ Continuing Education of The Bar, Current Issues in Medical Marijuana Regulation, Jay Leiderman, Lecturer (Medical Marijuana)
  24. ^ California Public Defender’s Association Seminar, Jay Leiderman, Lecturer (Medical Marijuana)
  25. ^ DEFCON Panel: Anonymous and the Online Fight for Justice (Legal Defense of Hacktivists)

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