Civil Rights and First Amendment
Maurice Sercarz represented an individual charged with sex trafficking.
Glen Marcus, 52, was barred by a Brooklyn magistrate judge from going near a computer following the civil-rights complaint filed against him last month, but his lawyer says Marcus must go online to mount his defense.
Marcus was indicted last week on charges of sex trafficking, forced labor and distributing obscene material for making money off a pay-per-view site featuring graphic photos of victims he'd lure into master-slave relationships and then hold captive, officials said.
The indictment alleges Marcus would torture and mutilate his victims. He pleaded not guilty and his lawyer, Maurice Sercarz, asked Judge Allyne Ross to overturn the magistrate’s decision and allow his client computer access - even if supervised - in order to find saucy sites that could clear his name.
Sercarz said the victims accusing Marcus were actually running their own raunchy Web sites “purely for their own benefits” and his client should be allowed to scour the Web to find those sites.