Today was supposed to be the day that Julie Amero, the substitute teacher convicted of exposing her students to internet pornography, was to learn her sentence. The sentencing has been the subject of several delays, as more information continued to come to light following her initial conviction, particularly as it related to the security of the school's computers and the fact that they were overrun with popups and spyware. There even appeared to be some evidence that the prosecution was looking for a way to quietly vacate the whole thing. Well, it's not quite a full reprieve, but the judge in the trial has struck down the guilty verdict and called for a new trial. Considering all of the backlash and new information surrounding this unfortunate trial, it would seem likely that prosecutors will either drop the charges or pursue a less significant charge. Either way, this ruling sure beats spending 40 years in prison, which is what initial reports suggested was possible.
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