New emails submitted as evidence by purported Facebook owner Paul Ceglia paint the social network’s co-founder Mark Zuckerberg as a scheming little bastard. Now Ceglia’s new powerhouse law firm just has to prove the emails are real.

It will be a tough fight, that’s for sure. Ceglia is a convicted drug felon and has been arrested for purportedly defrauding customers of his upstate New York wood pellet company.

Nevertheless, Henry Blodget at Business Insider, the first site to run the emails, points to the weeks of due diligence performed by Ceglia’s new lawyers at DLA Piper, a respected global law firm that probably wouldn’t have taken the case if it thought Ceglia didn’t have a reasonable claim.

He also correctly notes that the stakes are much higher now—if the emails are authenticated, Ceglia will likely extract hundreds of millions of dollars in settlement money for his original investment of $1,000. If they are proven false, he’s probably going to jail for a nice stretch of time.

 

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