Student Wins TRO and Gets Computer Back

Victory for the ACLU in the case of the Colorado student whose computer was seized by the cops because of a newsletter critical of a prominent professor. The Colorado federal judge hearing the case, U.S. Chief Judge Lewis Babcock huffed and puffed and then granted the ACLU a temporary restraining order and more:

Denver U.S. District Judge Lewis Babcock said the right to publish satire is protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Greeley authorities also volunteered Friday to return Mink's computer today. Police seized it from his home in December.

The ACLU was granted its temporary restraining order in the case of the UNC student whose internet site ticked off a UNC professor, and the student's (and his mother's) computer will be returned tomorrow.

More background here.

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