Marc J. Randazza 🇺🇸 🇮🇹 🇧🇷 Profile picture
First Amendment Lawyer. Charb & Lenny Bruce died for your sins. Oliver Wendell Holmes was a prophet. Dove c'è lo Spirito del Signore, c'è libertà.🇺🇸 🇮🇹
Apr 14 • 10 tweets • 4 min read
1/🧵 You won't believe that this case is real, unless you read the documents.

A citizen criticizes the government.

The government gets mad, and wants to shut the citizen up. So they sue him. And the district trial court says "that's just fine."

I kid you not. Image 2/
The government has "anti-bullying" policies in the school, so they decided that the criticism that the citizen engages in, including by making public records requests, means he is "bullying" the government and its employees.
Apr 12 • 10 tweets • 3 min read
1/ 🧵The "Right to Forgive" case: The First Amendment case about love.

Preliminary injunction hearing on May 2.

What is this "right to forgive?" It rhetorical shorthand for an admittedly unusual First Amendment case I am handling with Andrew Greenlee and @cagoldberglaw Image 2/ It may be an unusual case, but this "Right to Forgive" is a valid First Amendment theory, and we believe the court will agree.

It could also be characterized as a right to due process for crime victims case.
Feb 18 • 22 tweets • 5 min read
Your media literacy lesson of the day: Brought to you by George Santos, a complete and total bozo. 1/🧵 Image 2/ Today's news is awash with stories about what sounds like a really stupid lawsuit he filed against Jimmy Kimmel.

Kimmel Good/Santos Bad, right? Image
Jan 15 • 15 tweets • 6 min read
Your media literacy lesson of the day, or how and why the media lies to you.

Here's a picture circulating to show us that a woman and her children drowned while trying to cross the Rio Grande, and the "Evil Texans" stopped the "Noble Feds" from rescuing them.

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Set aside that this photo is from 2019 and clearly isn't a woman, nor two children. Right there, you know that whoever shoves this in your face is lying. But, that's not what this thread is about.

This thread is about how Party Media psyops you.
Dec 2, 2023 • 13 tweets • 3 min read
1/ Guyana is about to lose 60% of its territory, and there is nothing we can do about it, but it certainly will affect us.

First, there was a huge offshore oil discovery in Guyana's Essequibo region. That's the entire western half of the country. Image 2/ In September, China upgraded its relationship with Venezuela. Venezuela has long had Russian and Iranian military advisors embedded in its military.
One month ago, the United States started rolling back sanctions imposed on Venezuela by Trump.
Nov 3, 2023 • 21 tweets • 3 min read
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Trans Rights are human rights. A thread and some sanity, i hope. 2/

For most of my life, transsexuals were mocked, bullied, and hurt for just being themselves.
Nov 1, 2023 • 11 tweets • 2 min read
I have to admit that I’ve been troubled by what seems to be a glitch in the programming of the first amendment.

Because of our 1st Am, we cannot easily prohibit the Qataris, Russians,Chinese from buying off journalists, or doing mass psyops on our population (eg TikTok) 1/ Every solution I try to come up with ends up corrupting the first amendment in a way that makes me uncomfortable. 2/
Mar 28, 2023 • 11 tweets • 2 min read
In a country of 350m people, your statistical probability of a school shooting is just over "nonexistent." Therefore, there is a greater than 99% chance that ANYTHING you change to prevent one is wasted effort.

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What will the effect be? Nothing. No lives will be saved by making our schools into armed camps, making our kids drill for this, or other preventative measures that just scare the shit out of kids and make schools less accessible.

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Dec 11, 2022 • 19 tweets • 3 min read
Harvard's Berkman Center was a metaphorical ammunition supplier in the metaphorical war FOR free speech... back when the conservatives had their hands on the levers. And it was a glorious thing.

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Now, it hosts the "Dangerous Speech Project" - clearly having largely switched sides, like most academic institutions.

2/n
Nov 6, 2022 • 12 tweets • 2 min read
In all fairness, one time a homeless guy came up to me at a gas station in Pahokee, FL. He was talking like Eddie Murphy imitating James Brown.

I thought he was asking me for money to pump my gas.

I handed him $5 and said "sure you can pump my gas for $5"

1/x He looked at me like I was out of my fucking mind.

Like he looked like he was about to hit me. Then, he repeated what he said (which I still didn't fuckin understand)

And I said "I'm sorry sir, I only have five dollars in cash." 2/x
Nov 3, 2022 • 19 tweets • 4 min read
I want to give a shout out to some people who aren't getting much of one -- Prisoner 0893407's public defense team.

And to recognize more of the damage that 0893407 did.

1/x Image I call him by his prisoner number because that's what Tony Montalto, father of one of the victims, called him - I prefer that. 0893407 does not deserve to have his name remembered. Montalto had it right.

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