A Montgomery, Ala., businessman scheduled to stand trial in May on federal drug charges has received judicial permission to post a Web site giving details about the case and asking witnesses to come to his defense, the Montgomery Advertiser reports.
Leon Carmichael Sr. won the ruling after the government attempted to stop him from posting facts and pictures about informants, prosecutors, and law enforcement officials. The government argued that the Web site, under construction, would amount to retaliation against those with information for prosecutors.
Magistrate Judge Delores Boyd, in an opinion issued Wednesday, said Carmichael has constitutional rights to freedom of speech and a speedy trial. She said the court is not free to embrace a governmental belief that an intent to post identities and photographs is an obvious attempt to intimidate or harass informants.