Today Brings Us a Tale of Sleazy Porn Trolls Pleading the Fifth Amendment

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From the annals of stories you know you can’t resist reading:

The Prenda saga already had everything a red-blooded legal observer might treasure: Pornography. Intimations of offshore money laundering. Alleged forgery and identity theft.

Then it got even stranger.

Yes it did. Because this is a story about some really creepy copyright trolling, and it stars a team of lawyers—not defendants, lawyers—eventually pleading the Fifth Amendment. Go ahead. I dare you not to click.

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