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Unemployed lawyer launches hunger strike on SCOTUS sidewalk to promote Internet privacy


Delaware lawyer Brian Zulberti launched a hunger strike Monday morning in hopes of attracting media attention or generating this headline: “Attorney Dies, Collapses in Front of the Supreme Court of the United States, Talking About Privacy Issues.”

Zulberti says his hunger strike on a Supreme Court sidewalk is intended to draw attention to his cause: Banning employers from firing workers because of their social media posts, the Washington Post reports. He announced his plans last month in a press release, according to Above the Law.

Zulberti speaks from experience. He was fired as a high-school tennis coach for his online comments about an opposing player, the Washngton Post says. He also achieved fame last July for a sending out emails seeking a job with a photo of himself in a T-shirt with rolled-up sleeves to show off his muscles. Above the Law checked Zulberti’s Facebook page and found a picture of him clad only in his underwear with a sign reading, “Hire me!!! No … as a lawyer, damn, not as a [sic] damn escort … Wait, is it something I’m wearing?”

Apparently that Facebook photo is tame. Zulberti tells the Post he has posted several naked photos of himself online, and he doesn’t think it should interfere with his career.

Zulberti isn’t satisfied with just a story in the Washington Post. “I want a major TV network,” he tells the newspaper. “I want a 90 second spot on a major network during prime time. Yes, if you were from CNN and you said Anderson Cooper will air you tonight, I would pack up my signs and leave. Mission accomplished.”

Related article:

ABAJournal.com: “Controversial Facebook underwear photo offers a diversity message, says law grad seeking work”

Updated at 9:44 a.m. to add links and to state when the hunger strike began.

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