Government Moves To Drop Most of the Charges Against Barrett Brown

He's been in jail for more than a year now. That's long enough.

Photo by Nikki Loehr

The U.S. attorney’s office filed a motion today to dismiss most of the charges against Barrett Brown. Kevin Krause over at the DMN has more details. Barrett is off the hook for posting links to hacked data (some of which was credit card numbers). That’s the thing that got everyone worked up. Because Barrett didn’t do the hack. He just pointed people to publicly available information. If that were a crime, we’d all be in trouble. Now, though, he still has to deal with the charges of obstruction of justice and threatening a federal agent. But today’s action comes in response to a motion filed by Barrett’s defense attorney, Ahmed Ghappour. The guy has shown he’s equal to the challenge. Seems to me that, with more than a year in jail, Barrett should get off with time served at this point.

Here is a statement on today’s news from Kevin Gallagher, the director of Free Barrett Brown. And here’s how the news is being covered by various media: Guardian, Daily Dot, Salon, The Verge, Tech Dirt.


  • JtB
  • Tim Rogers

    Oh, man, yes. Hadn’t thought of that. So “House of Cards” foretold this development. Fiction MAKES truth.

  • Greg Brown

    So between being a heroin junkie and threatening the lives of law enforcment I’m glad to know that he was able to have the time to take all these emo-pics you’ve been posting. Really a true narcissist (in the DSM-V manner). Looking forward to his next innocent incarceration.

    • Awk

      Think you need to reread whatever you’ve checked. He didn’t threaten the agent’s life, he threatened to spy and harass him the same way the feds harassed him and his mother. He obviously wasn’t in a good frame of mind. I’m sure any pics he might’ve taken in jail would be far less flattering, if that makes you feel any better about yourself. But yes, keep telling yourself *Barrett* is the narcissist.

  • Awk

    And yet “most of the charges” being removed only shaved a chunk off of his possible sentence. I really need to brush up on this.

  • Greg Brown

    Would you let him date your daughter?

  • Awk

    How is that relevant to his legal case? The issue isn’t whether he’s a likeable person, it’s whether he deserves jail time. I certainly hope the people his jury are smarter than you.