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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Friday, November 5, 2004

Virgina Jury Hands Down Nation's First Felony Spam Convictions

In Virginia, the home of AOL, a law was enacted last year making it illegal to send unsolicited bulk e-mail that hides its origin. The law carries a maximum 15-year prison sentence. Yesterday, jurors convicted Jeremy Jaynes and Jessica DeGroot under this statute, the first individuals to be convicted in this country for the crime of "felony spam." The jury recommended a nine-year prison sentence for Jaynes.

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