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Massachusetts: MIT students deserve 'no First Amendment protection'




Massachusetts: MIT students deserve 'no First Amendment protection'
Massachusetts: MIT students deserve 'no First Amendment protection'



http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-10017438-83.html 

By Declan McCullagh
Security - News.com
August 14, 2008

The state of Massachusetts is showing no signs of abandoning its fight 
to keep a restraining order in place against three MIT students who 
discovered subway card vulnerabilities. In fact, the state transit 
agency is escalating its rhetoric.

In a legal brief filed Thursday, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation 
Authority went so far as to claim that the three "defendants enjoy no 
protections under the First Amendment."

The document was filed around the same time that U.S. District Judge 
George O'Toole Jr. held a hearing in the case in his Boston courtroom. 
O'Toole denied a request from the students' attorneys to lift the gag 
order--and instead ordered the students to divulge to the transit agency 
by Friday more information about what they've done.

MBTA has demanded copies of documents including correspondence with the 
Defcon conference, a paper prepared for an MIT class, software, physical 
equipment, modified MBTA farecards, notes from meetings, and so on. MBTA 
wants to conduct a four-hour deposition of computer science major Zack 
Anderson at 9 a.m. ET Friday at their attorney's offices at 10 St. James 
Avenue, followed by a two-hour deposition of MIT professor Ron Rivest at 
2:30 p.m ET. (The other student defendants are Alessandro Chiesa and 
R.J. Ryan.)

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