Jury selection begins Thursday in the high-profile hacking case of Martin Gottesfeld, a computer expert and human rights activist accused of involvement in a denial of service attack launched against a Boston hospital.
The case, to be tried in federal District Court in the Massachusetts district, stems from a 2014 Internet attack that disrupted the website of Boston Children's Hospital. The attack was apparently launched to protest the treatment of a Connecticut teenager, Justina Pelletier, who received conflicting medical diagnoses, had been hospitalized, and was in the custody of the state for well over a year.
Pelletier's case drew national attention. An in-depth The Boston Globe investigation of her case in December 2013 found, over the course of 18 months, there were "at least five cases where a disputed medical diagnosis led to parents either losing custody or being threatened with that extreme measure."
The actual trial is scheduled to get underway Monday. Gottesfeld could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
Earlier this week, a hearing was held on a motion by Gottesfeld's court-appointed public defender, attorney David Grimaldi, to be dismissed from the case. That motion was denied, clearing the way for the trial to proceed.
Gottesfeld allegedly worked with the "hacktivist" group Anonymous to launch the Internet attack on the hospital's website, which occurred during a fundraising drive, disrupting access by other users. Gottesfeld's website, FreeMartyG.com, refers to the disruption as "an online sit-in." But prosecutors say the attack interfered with "online service portals for patients, providers, and physicians."
Martin Gottesfeld's wife, Dana Gottesfeld, has been crusading to draw attention to his case. She states her husband is up against powerful interests in the Boston area, and says the court has blocked her husband's defense team from using Pelletier as a defense.
"This is going to be a show trial," she told Newsmax. "There isn't a real chance for justice here."
A judge has ordered Martin Gottesfeld be held without bond until the case is resolved.
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