Connecticut Finally Drops Charges Against Julie Amero
from the too-little-too-late dept
In a case of what appears to unfortunately be “too little, too late” Techmeme points us to the news that Connecticut officials have finally agreed to drop felony charges against Julie Amero. As you may recall, Julie Amero was a substitute teacher who was randomly surfing some webpages on a classroom computer while students were working on some projects. On one webpage, the computer started opening a never ending series of windows showing pornographic pictures — symptomatic of a computer infected with some malicious spyware. However, Connecticut police and prosecutors chose to try Amero on felony charges, threatening to put her in jail for 40 years, and getting a conviction.
After numerous security experts brought attention to the case, a judge finally granted a new trial, and Connecticut police and officials refused to admit a mistake and still intended to try Amero. However, as noted above, the state finally worked out an agreement with Amero, where the state dropped most of the charges, after Amero agreed to plead guilty to a single charge of disorderly conduct (a misdemeanor) and give up her teacher’s license. The article also notes that, due in part to stress from the case, Amero has been hospitalized and is in declining health.
It’s great that Connecticut finally decided to drop the charges, but the whole thing remains a travesty. It’s unclear what Amero did that was “disorderly conduct” or why she deserves to lose her teacher’s license. On top of that, the fact that the state still refuses to admit its mistakes in the case is a tremendous shame. A bunch of technically illiterate folks basically destroyed this woman’s life and still stand by what they did.