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September 6, 2006

Virginia Man Loses Spam Conviction Appeal, Gets 9 Years

CNET is reporting on the case of Jeremy Jaynes, convicted under a Virginia state anti-spam law.  Jaynes was found guilty by having sent out bulk messages with origins disguised and had possession of 84 million email addresses of AOL subscribers.

Jaynes appealed on jurisdictional and constitutional grounds.  Jaynes sent messages from North Carolina although the servers were in Virginia.  The court rejected the First Amendment challenge and said jurisdiction was proper as Virginia has the right to charge people where the damage of crime occurs.  Jaynes received 9 years in prison for his spamming activities.

A link to the 26 page opinion is here, thanks to the reporting in CNET.

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