No Free Speech to Spam

Virginia’s highest court ruled on Friday 4-3 to uphold the conviction and sentence of one of the world’s biggest assholes:

Jeremy Jaynes of Raleigh, N.C., considered among the world’s top 10 spammers in 2003, was convicted of massive distribution of junk e-mail and sentenced to nine years in prison.[…]

Prosecutors presented evidence of 53,000 illegal e-mails Jaynes sent over three days in July 2003. But authorities believe he was responsible for spewing 10 million e-mails a day in an enterprise that grossed up to $750,000 per month.

The reason for the close vote is that some of the justices believe that Virginia’s anti-spam law is too broad and will restrict some political or religious speech that is anonymous and sent unsolicited in bulk. Jaynes case is notable because his is the first domestic spam conviction.

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~ by Gabriel Malor on March 3, 2008.

 
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