My thanks to Mike at “From Chaos to Order” for bringing this to our attention.
It seems New England hasn’t advanced very far from the witch-hunting days of the early settlers. A grade school teacher is facing forty years in prison for allegedly exposing 7th-grade students to pornographic sites on the school’s computer. It seems obvious that the innocuous website being visited at the time was infected, and automatically opened the porn sites before the teacher, who was not very computer literate, could do anything about it.
Despite the defense apparently arguing that the computer was heavily infected with spyware and malware that caused it to go into an endless loop of pop-ups leading to porn sites when the browser was opened, such technological jargon was lost on the judge in Connecticut, and the teacher was found guilty.
Sentencing will take place on March 2nd.
They say ignorance is no defense in law, but that should equally apply to the law itself. No judge should be allowed to sit on a bench and pass moral, as well as legal judgments, with no knowledge of the subject matter before him.
While details in this case are still sketchy, the decision appears to have been made more on moralistic grounds than legal.
Just as was the case in the witchcraft trials of 17th century New England.
This from the Norwich Bulletin
This from W. Herbert Horner, computer consultant.
And three updated summaries available from THIS blog
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