Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick




Julie Amero Gets More Time To Explain To Judge How Porn Popup Trojans Work

from the a-break-in-the-action dept

Back in January, there was a story about a substitute teacher, Julie Amero, facing 40 years in prison for apparently exposing children in her classroom to pornographic pictures on the classroom computer. Over the last month and a half, as more details have come out, it's becoming abundantly clear that the jury and the police involved are quite confused about what actually happened. The details certainly suggest that there was some kind of spyware that caused a series of pornographic pop ups to show up on the screen. The teacher claims she was told not to turn off the computer and didn't even know how to do so. However, she did try to shield the computer from the children, which was facing away from the children already. However, the local newspaper reports and the police involved insist that she's absolutely guilty despite plenty of evidence suggesting that she's the unfortunate victim of some nasty malware on a computer and plenty of ignorance about how computers work among those accusing her of doing something wrong. As the case has received more and more attention, Amero has added a new lawyer and received a ton of support (especially from the computer security community).

In that link above, the police detective working on the case insisted that the transcripts would show that all of the supporters of Amero were barking up the wrong tree -- but those transcripts are now available and they only seem to support the ignorance of those condemning Amero -- insisting that she must have looked at the porn intentionally, when there's plenty to suggest that's not true at all. The prosecution also keeps shifting what it's trying to prove, from her intentionally surfing porn in front of kids to the idea that because she didn't unplug the computer (which she had been forbidden from doing) she is guilty and deserves 40 years in prison. Either way, neither the local newspaper reporters nor the detective on the case seem willing to admit that they may have made a mistake in condemning this woman. However, the good news coming out recently (sent in by John) is that, at least, the judge has agreed to delay the sentencing for a month to give the new lawyer some time to get up to date on the details of the case.

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    Jack Sombra, 2 Mar 2007 @ 3:58am

    From the prosecutions closing arguments

    "Finally, as you recall, I brought Detective Lounsbury back in. Exhibit 6 is hopefully trying to explain the difference in color as to the Javascript elements that he clicked on. Some of use using our common sense understand this; when you click on a webpage it transfers you over. And that changes to show that you actually accessed that page. Take this into account for intent; that the defendant purposely accessed those websites"

    That the prosecution would dare make such an argument proves the prosecutor was not qualified to prosecute this case
    That the judge allowed the prosecution to make this statement proves he was no qualified to judge this case
    That the jury accepted this statement proves they were not qualified to sit on this case

    Get this case out of Hicksville USA and it will not only be overturned but possibly leave various people open to criminal cases themselves

    What's really sad is this crap has not only cost her over 20k but is possibly one of the major causes for the loss of her unborn child

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