Lawyers Rally in Defense of Anti-Muslim Filmmaker

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For some watchdogs of first amendment rights, the way in which the government quickly pursued Nakoula for his probation violations stood out from anything they'd seen in the parole system before.

"With what little I know of parole system, I know it is overworked, overburdened, and moves so slowly. Yet within weeks or days here this man was being held and prosecuted. It is a high profile case, but that's a warning flag. Why so fast? Why so quick?" asked Policinski.

Geoffrey Stone, a constitutional law professor at the University of Chicago, said that Nakoula's attorneys must be looking at whether other convicts who break probation are treated the same way by the U.S. Department of Probation. If Nakoula is being treated differently or more harshly, it could be grounds to argue against the charges.

Segal has not yet set a date for a bond hearing for Nakoula, according to Williams. Until that occurs, Nakoula will be held without bail.

Policinski and others say that Nakoula's case should be watched closely.

"Anytime the government moves against someone who has clearly said something the government doesn't like, there is a requirement for the rest of us to watch that very closely, to see whether it is justified or is a content-based argument that violates the first amendment. We assert our rights, but we also need to protect that," he said.

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