Tag Archives: non-crime

guy “steals” 5 cents of electricity, is arrested

Guy is arrested for charging his car for 20 minutes at a school. A man in an Atlanta suburb was confronted by a police officer for plugging his electric car into an outside outlet at a school. Ten days later, … Continue reading

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new trial for draconian sentence handed down to woman for defending herself

She got a sentence of 20 years for firing a warning shot to scare off an (allegedly) abusive husband. Absurdly, this was a mandatory minimum sentence if found guilty of this particular crime (or non-crime, in this case). She’ll get … Continue reading

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more evidence IRS covered up association with DEA

More evidence of IRS cover-up, not that they’re the only ones. The practice of recreating the investigative trail, highly criticized by former prosecutors and defence lawyers after Reuters reported it this week, is now under review by the Justice Department. … Continue reading

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copying source code and getting 8 years of prison

A phenomenal article on software engineer working on Goldman Sachs’s algorithmic (high frequency) trading system, copying a portion of the code, and then getting arrested. I vaguely recall reading about this a couple years back, and the way it was … Continue reading

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justin carter update

As an update to my previous post on Justin Carter … Justin Carter is being abused in prison (by inmates directly and by guards procedurally). Of Carter’s time in prison, his father Jack told National Public Radio (NPR) on Wednesday, … Continue reading

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teenager charged and might face long prison sentence for non-crime

A teenager, Justin Carter, makes a completely fake threat (with a “just kidding” and “laughing out loud” to punctuate the statement) in the context of a multi-player online game. Article here and here. Even if not convicted, he’ll spend months … Continue reading

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legal system run amuck, phone edition

A complex case in the legal sense, but really not that hard to follow. A 20-year old man has consensual sex with a 16-year old (legal in California; it’s worth noting that she claimed she was 18 though). He records … Continue reading

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