Martin Gottesfeld, 32, is a human rights advocate and a senior systems engineer born and raised in Andover, Massachusetts. He was arrested on February 16, 2016 and is being prosecuted under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) by infamous US Federal attorney Carmen Ortiz.
Marty faces allegations that he conspired with members of Anonymous to organize an online sit-in of the Boston Children's Hospital public website, in no way harming patients or exposing private information. At that time, an international campaign was underway to stop the torture and save the life of 15 year old Justina Pelletier, who was admitted to BCH a year earlier for treatment of mitochondrial disease. The Pelletier family were victims of a "parentectomy" by the hospital, making her a ward of the state and beginning a 16 month cycle of neglect, mistreatment, transfers and isolation. After the global negative publicity of this abduction by BCH, of which there is a history of such events, Justina is back with her family and they are suing Boston Children's Hospital in a civil action for negligence of care and conspiracy to remove custody.
Marty has dedicated years of his life fighting for the rights of institutionalized children. He has never profited from his activism in any form. Marty's family and friends have launched the #FreeMartyG campaign to set the record straight and call on the public to show their support for him and his work. His wife, Dana Gottesfeld, joins us to discuss Marty's work, his prosecution and the efforts to free him.
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