A BackCheck’s Blog Editorial

Posted: 12/05/2010 by bc in Uncategorized

Most everybody has heard that Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks is now a wanted man by most Western governments. Regardless of your political point of view, it’s a fascinating story about the conflict between protecting and defending the constitution and protecting and defending the nation.

Did you also know that Islanders GM Garth Snow has banned PHWA and NHL accredited journalist Chris Botta from the Nassau Coliseum, and apparently from covering the Islanders? Bob McKenzie of tsn.ca has the story but neither Botta or Snow are spilling the beans on exactly what caused this FUBAR.

Protecting the secrets of a nation seems like a legitimate debate. But of a hockey team? Perhaps Mr. Snow is taking himself just a tad too seriously.

These stories address similar issues from the criminal and civil side of the sides of the law.

A Botta v. Snow et al civil action, if framed properly would give rise to numerous conflicts in the law between private property, public access, freedom of association, corporate speech and 1st amendment speech and press protections.

Corporations may be well served to consider that the push for full legal personage carries with it full legal responsibility and liability. It’s one of those be careful what you wish for kind of deals.

In the interest of full disclosure, I am not and never have been licensed to practice in law in any jurisdiction. The opinions expressed here are my own.

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