IAmA Federal Criminal Defense Attorney And Former Federal Prosecutor -- Ask Me (Almost) Anything!
Hiya, Reddit. I’m Ken White. For about 12 years I’ve been a federal criminal defense attorney. For about six years before that, I was a federal prosecutor here in Los Angeles, where eventually I worked in the office’s Government Fraud and Public Corruption unit. I’m doing this AMA because, with various hacker prosecutions in the news, Redditors are increasingly interested in America’s federal criminal justice system, and I like trying to explain it.
Proof: Imgur, http://www.brownwhitelaw.com/attorneys/kwhite.html (Yes, I’ve been told already that I look like Karl Rove. Thank you very much.)
I’m also a civil litigator, often focusing on cases that involve crime or fraud, but also increasingly devoted to First Amendment litigation.
I also blog on legal, free speech, and geek issues at Popehat. You may know me from my gigantic walls of text covering the FunnyJunk/Charles Carreon v. The Oatmeal saga (http://www.popehat.com/tag/oatmeal-v-funnyjunk/) or more recently the Prenda Law copyright troll saga (http://www.popehat.com/tag/prenda-law/). I also use the blog to call for pro bono help for online folks who get threatened with bogus censorious lawsuits. (http://www.popehat.com/tag/popehat-signal/.)
Ask me anything! Well, not anything. I’m not going to talk about specific clients, or breach any ethical obligations. Plus I have some cray-cray stalkers. Just sayin’.
To prove my suitability to post on Reddit, here is a video of one of our cats eating my son’s homework: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bI7sd7ArIj4&feature=youtu.be
First Edit: Holy crap the questions pile up quick! Narrower questions are easier, of course.
Second Edit: Wow this is exhausting. Only one persons has really irritated me so far.
Third Edit: This was really fun. I can't sit and focus only on this any more, but if people are still interested in asking questions and commenting, I will review and reply over the next day or two. Thanks!