(slightly OT) "Gaven Stubberfield" arrested

mikea mikea at MIKEA.ATH.CX
Thu Dec 11 22:05:12 GMT 2003

On Thu, Dec 11, 2003 at 04:14:42PM -0500, Stephen Swaney wrote:
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: MailScanner mailing list [mailto:MAILSCANNER at JISCMAIL.AC.UK] On
> > Behalf Of mikea
> > Sent: Thursday, December 11, 2003 4:06 PM
> > Subject: (slightly OT) "Gaven Stubberfield" arrested
> >
> > <http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A56209-2003Dec11.html>
> >
> > for more info.
> >
> > Up to 5 years jail time and/or $2500 per count. I think it wouldn't be
> > difficult to come up with a few thousand Stubberfield spams.
> >

> Unfortunately I believe that when the can-sapm bill is signed by president
> bush, the tougher state laws, i.e. California and Virginia, are superceded
> by the weaker Federal law and no longer in force.

> Stubberfield's arrest by authorities in Virginia wouldn't be possible.

> > Could be my spam load will go down a little bit.
> >
> > And this is promising: "Kilgore said although these are the first
> > indictments, it is likely his computer crimes unit will be busy for an
> > extended period to come."

Erm ... I _really_ don't want to drag this out here; it's getting
lots and lots of publicity in SPAM-l, and no doubt on nana* as well.
But a lawyer friend did an analysis, and concluded that since the
.va.us laws treat what Stubberfield & Co. did as _trespassing_ in
various ways, it's a series of Class 6 felonies and _not_ pre-empted
by You-Can-Spam.

I'll be watching the bonfires and the torchlight parade on SPAM-l
and nana*. Y'all have fun, y'heah?

Mike Andrews
mikea at mikea.ath.cx
Tired old sysadmin

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