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Nebraska Supreme Court Backs Sender of Angry E-mails in First Amendment Case Litigated by UCLA School of Law Professor Eugene Volokh


September 24, 2010 -- The Nebraska Supreme Court today reversed disturbing the peace convictions for the sender of angry e-mails in a First Amendment/cyberspace law case that was briefed and argued, pro bono, by UCLA School of Law Professor Eugene Volokh. 

Darren Drahota was convicted of disturbing the peace and fined for e-mails that he sent while he was a student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to his former professor, Bill Avery, who was running for a seat on the Nebraska Legislature. The Supreme Court disagreed with a Nebraska Court of Appeals decision that had upheld the convictions, saying the First Amendment protects the e-mail messages. The court reversed Drahota's convictions and ordered the case dismissed.

Professor Volokh is available to discuss the case and comment on the decision.

Contact:  Lauri Gavel, 310-206-2611, gavel@law.ucla.edu