Man Suing Facebook Can Get Out of Jail

11:45 PM, Oct 31, 2012   |    comments
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Paul Ceglia being led out of Federal Court in handcuffs. October 26, 2012

BUFFALO, N.Y.  - Paul Ceglia wore orange prison-issued clothes inside a Federal courtroom in downtown Buffalo for his bail detention hearing appeal.

The hearing was a teleconference with Manhattan Judge Colleen McMahon of the Southern District of New York.

Federal prosecutors pushed to keep Ceglia in jail claiming he has the "ability to fabricate documents" and that his "risk od flight is extremely high." Ceglia has been living in Ireland with his wife and children, according to prosecutors. They also hinted that Ceglia's past may be a reason for him to flee. They claims his only ties to New York State are the criminal case and his lawsuit against Facebook.

While prosecutors claim Ceglia spent time in prison as a youthful offender, his public defender said that was not true, instead they say he was placed on five years supervision. The crime was not revealed.

Ceglia, was advised not to speak in court, but insisted. He denied having a fraudulent contract with the founder of Facebook. He told the Judge, "accusing me of fraud and the original contract sits in a safety deposit box."

At one point he said, "Mark Zuckerberg was quite an experienced hacker," in reference to alleged doctored images on his personal computer.

Judge McMahon set a $250,000 bond and warned Ceglia that if he leaves the country or violates the terms, she would have no problem taking his parents property away. Ceglia indicated that his parents would put up the bond. "I'm perfectly happy to bankrupt them," said the Judge, if Ceglia leaves.

Meanwhile on Tuesday, the lawyer representing Ceglia in his lawsuit against Facebook wants off the case.

Ohio attorney Dean Boland withdrew from the case. Boland's motion doesn't say why he wants off the case, but it says it has nothing to do with any belief that Ceglia engaged in fraud.

Boland is among more than a half dozen lawyers and law firms who've signed on to represent Ceglia and then pulled out. Ceglia's 2010 lawsuit claims half-ownership of Menlo Park, Calif.-based Facebook based on a 2003 contract with founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Ceglia was arrested at his Wellsville home last week. Authorities say he doctored, fabricated and destroyed evidence to support the lawsuit.

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