October 17, 2016—Professor Eugene Volokh was quoted in the Wall Street Journal on how downloading hacked Clinton campaign emails is not a crime.
“It is illegal for the media or anyone else to possess actually stolen tangible property (e.g., stolen paper letters, stolen paper files, etc.),” said Professor Volokh. “But possessing illegally made copies (again, when you weren’t involved in the illegal copying) isn’t illegal, and likely can’t be made illegal consistently with the First Amendment.”
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