Then, a federal judge entered an order of contempt against me—without even so much as a hearing.

But the judge created a loophole: without a hearing, I was never given the opportunity to object, let alone make any any substantive defense, to the contempt change [sic]. Without any objection (because I wasn’t allowed a hearing), the appellate court waived consideration of the substantive questions my case raised—and upheld the contempt charge, on the grounds that I hadn’t disputed it in court. Since the US supreme court traditionally declines to review [cases] decided on wholly procedural grounds, I will be permanently denied justice.

Ladar Levison, “Secrets, Lies and Snowden’s Email: Why I Was Forced to Shut Down Lavabit”