Worlds first spam felony conviction upheldMikey 5 comments
A US court has upheld the worlds first felony conviction for spamming. Jeremy Jaynes will be the first person in history to be sent to prison for the felony and will serve 9 years for sending millions of spam emails over a 2 month period.
During his defence, Lawyers argued that "a provision of the Virginia Computer Crimes Act violates constitutional First Amendment rights to 'anonymous speech,' as well as the interstate commerce clause of the US Constitution." The court disagreed.
As much as I hate spam, and I believe spammers should be punished, I feel 9 years a little harsh for a spam effort that by comparison to others hardly made a dent. It sounds almost as if they were charging him with potential future spam crimes. In any event, another spammer bites the dust.
Source: Ars Technica.