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New York court upholds the right to be annoying

14
May
2014

New Yorks highest court has ruled that merely being annoying is not a crime, reports The New York Times, in a bizarre case involving a real estate lawyer, internet sock puppets, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. The ruling allowed Raphael Golb, a 54-year-old Greenwich Village lawyer with a PhD from Harvard, to escape a felony conviction for waging an online smear campaign for more than five years. Golbs father is a University of Chicago professor and proponent of the theory that the Dead Sea Scrolls were created by libraries in Jerusalem, as opposed to being the work of a sect called the Essenes.

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