[ISN] Barrett Brown’s sentence is unjust, but it may become the norm for journalists

http://boingboing.net/2015/01/26/barrett-browns-sentence-is.html By Trevor Timm Jan 26, 2015 Investigative journalist Barrett Brown was sentenced to an obscene 63 months in prison on Thursday, in part for sharing a hyperlink to a stolen document that he did not steal, and despite the fact that he was not guilty of a crime for linking to it. Maybe journalists think this is an anomaly, and some will ignore his case entirely since Brown also pled guilty to other charges that led to part of his sentence too. But be warned: if the White House passes its dramatic expansion of US computer law, journalists will constantly be under similar threat and reporting on hacked documents could become a crime. How is this possible, you ask? Well, first it’s important to understand the details of Brown’s case. […]