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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Bizarre internet cannibalism fantasy or attempted crime?

The New York Times has this story:

[A police] officer, Gilberto Valle, has been charged with plotting on the Internet to kidnap, rape, kill and cannibalize female victims. His wife was the first witness in the trial, which began on Monday in Federal District Court in Manhattan.

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There is no evidence that any of the women that Officer Valle was accused of plotting to kill were kidnapped or harmed.

The trial’s opening arguments underscored that theme. A federal prosecutor, Randall W. Jackson, told jurors that the officer had been plotting real crimes to kill actual victims, while Officer Valle’s lawyer, Julia L. Gatto, contended that he had merely been living out deviant fantasies in Internet chat rooms, with no intention of carrying them out.

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