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March 20, 2014

General avoids prison time and loss of benefits with plea deal

  • Zero The number of hours that Brigadier General Jeffrey A. Sinclair will spend behind bars, thanks to a plea deal that saw the alleged rapist accept responsibility for military crimes that would not be considered criminal in a civilian court. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to drop both of the sexual assault charges against Sinclair, clearing the way for a sentence that includes little real punishment other than the revocation of four months’ pay. Because justice, or something. More details here.
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March 19, 2014
Lawyers representing Andrew “Weev” Auernheimer will launch a new effort to have the young man’s 41-month prison sentence overturned, arguing that his November 2012 conviction — for exploiting a public-facing web address to generate a list of thousands of iPad owners’ personal email addresses — will have serious consequences for internet freedom.  Auernheimer’s attorneys say his actions should not have been considered violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act because he visited a web address that could have been visited by anyone with an internet connection. For its part, the U.S. government continues to insist a simple desire not to have the information accessed is enough for AT&T to claim that his actions were “unauthorized”, putting Auernheimer in direct violation of the CFAA. (Photo courtesy of Gerry Smith) source

Lawyers representing Andrew “Weev” Auernheimer will launch a new effort to have the young man’s 41-month prison sentence overturned, arguing that his November 2012 conviction — for exploiting a public-facing web address to generate a list of thousands of iPad owners’ personal email addresses — will have serious consequences for internet freedom.  Auernheimer’s attorneys say his actions should not have been considered violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act because he visited a web address that could have been visited by anyone with an internet connection. For its part, the U.S. government continues to insist a simple desire not to have the information accessed is enough for AT&T to claim that his actions were “unauthorized”, putting Auernheimer in direct violation of the CFAA. (Photo courtesy of Gerry Smith) source

15:14 // 1 month ago
March 13, 2014
Certain types of cases result in too many Americans going to prison for far too long, and at times for no truly good public safety reason.
Attorney General Eric Holder • While outlining a new proposal to the U.S. Sentencing Commission that would drastically reduce the amount of jail time being served by non-violent drug offenders. The changes include an 15 month reduction in the mandatory minimum sentencing requirements for felony crack and cocaine possession charges, and the combined changes should reduce the average drug offender’s period of incarceration by 17 percent. source
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March 6, 2014
U.S. Army Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair plead guilty to several military crimes on Thursday, including having an adulterous affair and seeking nude photographs of junior officers, but the general continues to deny government claims that he forced a junior officer to perform oral sex on two separate occasions. Sinclair also faces charges of misusing a government credit card and using derogatory language about female officers. Should he be convicted of forcible sodomy, Sinclair would face life imprisonment. (Photo courtesy of Reuters/Ellen Ozier) source

U.S. Army Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair plead guilty to several military crimes on Thursday, including having an adulterous affair and seeking nude photographs of junior officers, but the general continues to deny government claims that he forced a junior officer to perform oral sex on two separate occasions. Sinclair also faces charges of misusing a government credit card and using derogatory language about female officers. Should he be convicted of forcible sodomy, Sinclair would face life imprisonment. (Photo courtesy of Reuters/Ellen Ozier) source

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