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DRCNet reported last month on the web site of Leon Carmichael (http://www.carmichaelcase.com), an Alabama man facing federal marijuana and money laundering charges, who posted the names and photographs of a DEA agent and two informants on the Internet in what his attorney called an effort to gain information for his defense. While law enforcement screamed in outrage and federal prosecutors tried to force the site to shut down, federal courts have twice upheld Carmichael's right to post that information. (See http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/349/pictures.shtml and http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/351/names.shtml for background information.)

Now, the DEA agent identified by the web site, Raymond David DeJohn, has gone to federal court seeking an order to have his photos removed, the Montgomery Advertiser reported. He is claiming that the photos were illegally obtained and that they pose a personal and professional danger to him.

According to the Advertiser, which has published several articles on the affair, the photos of DeJohn that appeared on the Carmichael web site were obtained from a Montgomery police lieutenant by a former police officer now working as an investigator for Carmichael. Montgomery Police Lt. George Salem was fingered as the culprit and has since retired for "health reasons."

"The government cannot introduce illegally obtained evidence in a criminal proceeding. Why then can the defendant utilize an illegally obtained photo to seek evidence in his defense?" DeJohn asked in a motion presented Monday.

An attorney for Salem scoffed at DeJohn's argument that posting his photos on the web endangered him. Julian McPhillips showed the Advertiser a photo of DeJohn on a web site for US Attorney Laura Canary, and his name is also mentioned as a law enforcement officer elsewhere on the same web site. "This web site predates Mr. Carmichael's site," McPhillips said, adding that if there was a danger of exposing DeJohn's occupation, the first site was as culpable as Carmichael's. "What's he blowing smoke over?" McPhillips said of DeJohn.

No date has been set for a hearing on DeJohn's motion. Meanwhile, Carmichael faces a November trial date for what he insists was a frame-up by the informants and DEA agent DeJohn.



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