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Stratfor Hacker Could Be Sentenced to Life, Says Judge 388

dgharmon writes with this excerpt from "A pretrial hearing in the case against accused LulzSec hacker Jeremy Hammond this week ended with the 27-year-old Chicago man being told he could be sentenced to life in prison for compromising the computers of Stratfor. Judge Loretta Preska told Hammond in a Manhattan courtroom on Tuesday that he could be sentenced to serve anywhere from 360 months-to-life if convicted on all charges relating to last year's hack of Strategic Forecasting, or Stratfor, a global intelligence company whose servers were infiltrated by an offshoot of the hacktivist collective Anonymous. Hammond is not likely to take the stand until next year, but so far has been imprisoned for eight months without trial. Legal proceedings in the case might soon be called into question, however, after it's been revealed that Judge Preska's husband was a victim of the Stratfor hack."
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Stratfor Hacker Could Be Sentenced to Life, Says Judge

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  • Re:Nullified (Score:4, Interesting)

    by iccaros ( 811041 ) on Friday November 23, 2012 @08:12PM (#42078093) Homepage

    "8 months with no trial has completely violated his constitutional rights, therefore the state should not be able to charge him."


    He was indited in March, where he went to court, There was no bail request from his lawyers, so he waits for the courts schedule to open for the case, which was July 23rd, where he did request bail but was denied. In that inditement the prosecution request time to gather evidence, which comes to now, when the scheduled opens and time is up for the prosecution. In the constitution he is given right to a speedy trial, but what does that mean? Well normally when ever the courts have the ability, or laws set by the state, but in this case this is his third time in court so he has not been waiting, so no his constitutional rights have not be violated.

    but how were the actions of Hammond a good thing for people to hold up, The attitude of I do not agree with you so I will destroy your property is a childish way to act, and the conspiracy theories surrounding this case make it hard to tell truth from fiction.

  • Re:Nullified (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 23, 2012 @08:14PM (#42078111)

    For obvious reasons, I'll post as an AC, but be well aware that speedy trials are not always the rule. I was accused of a serious crime. I spent 14 months in jail awaiting my trial. Fourteen months in jail because I was denied bail. I was acquitted of all charges. But of course, there are still those who believe that because I was arrested, I had to be guilty. The Police only arrest guilty people. So I just had a good lawyer. Not true!

  • by Vince6791 ( 2639183 ) on Friday November 23, 2012 @08:28PM (#42078245)

    So when the U.S government hacks into foreign government servers and causes damage it's patriotic but a u.s citizen it's criminal. What about government monitoring every aspect of the web including your emails(email and mail same shit) without a court warrant. Anyway, the judge violated parts of the Title 28 of the United States Code, The judge by law cannot take a case where his own family member is involved in which it might affect his decision making he/she no longer impartial, and it showed. The hacker was held for that long with no bond or speedy trial, decision made by the judge, it's illegal. If this is the fault of the patriot act or ndaa for holding him without trial we are all fucking screwed. Unfortunately, when high officials abuse human rights they get fired and never see jail time. This whole government is acting like a fucking monarchy, like they are all kings or fucking special. Government will never work because people are corrupt by nature this is why we should build machines with impartial behavior built in their cpu to rule us all.

  • Re:Nullified (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Jeremiah Cornelius ( 137 ) on Friday November 23, 2012 @08:38PM (#42078303) Homepage Journal

    Yes. 12-year-olds, like f*cking Jean Jacques Rosseau [].

    "The Sovereign, having no force other than the legislative power, acts only by means of the laws; and the laws being solely the authentic acts of the general will, the Sovereign cannot act save when the people is assembled."

    "Every law the people have not ratified in person is null and void -- is, in fact, not a law."

    "The legislative power belongs to the people, and can belong to it alone."

  • Re:Nullified (Score:3, Interesting)

    by devleopard ( 317515 ) on Friday November 23, 2012 @09:54PM (#42078815) Homepage

    See you've been modded up to 5 while remaining an Anonymous COWARD. Hey mods, "Insightful" doesn't mean the same as, "I agree with you! Right on!" (which there is no mod status for)

    The arrested who can't bond out (either too expensive or no bond available) commonly site in jail for several months - 8 months isn't unheard of. Add to the fact that most attorneys will advise a waiver of speedy trial in order to prepare their client's case. (Who is in better shape in a speedy trial: a single attorney with a single assistance or the DA's office, with dozens of assistant DAs and paralegals?)

  • Re:Nullified (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Chas ( 5144 ) on Saturday November 24, 2012 @04:04AM (#42080317) Homepage Journal

    Disregard for authority?

    It's sad just how much now is characterized as "authority," including corporations.

    Okay. You don't know Hammond.

    I do. He's a blight on society.

    The man has no respect for any form of authority whatsoever. His ideal form of "government" is that he's allowed to do whatever he pleases, regardless of who it hurts, and suffers no consequences. But everyone else has to play by whatever rules he decides on at the moment. And his number one crime? Daring to tell him "no".

    He preaches about "social justice". Too bad he doesn't believe a word of it.

    The thin veneer of charisma, that has some deluded idiots portraying him as some sort of "Robin Hood" figure, only barely covers his thug's mentality.

    He hasn't done any of this for any greater purpose. He's doing it because he feels that someone has done him wrong. And he'll use any means to get back at any and everyone for his discomfiture.

    That being said. If the article is right about the judge's ties to the case, she needs to recuse herself.
    Do it by the book so he has zero recourse in even the appearance of impropriety.

  • Re:Nullified (Score:4, Interesting)

    by AK Marc ( 707885 ) on Saturday November 24, 2012 @04:59AM (#42080469)
    The "small government" people in the US exclude prisons and courts, as punishing people is an allowed purpose of the government. Even better, they want tax to pay for them, then pay some private corporation to charge 10% profit on top of the cost of running it because cost +10% is "cheaper" than cost, because private enterprise is always cheaper.
  • by Chas ( 5144 ) on Saturday November 24, 2012 @11:35AM (#42081641) Homepage Journal

    ..because YOU Advocate Excessive Punishment. This guy fucked up and deserves one or two years jail, not life.

    Reread what I said. In no way, shape or form do I "advocate excessive punishment" (you don't really need to capitalize every word in the phrase).

    I said he deserves a fair and impartial trial with no taint of impropriety.

    As to "he fucked up".

    The man is a SERIAL fuckup. He's already fucked up and been charged for his "fuckups" multiple times. He keeps doing it.

    He didn't go into this blind. Not knowing the consequences of his actions.

    He ALREADY spent TWO YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON for a similar hack (again, breaking into a site of someone with a political ideology other than his own and stealing financial info).

    So arguing that somehow didn't know the consequences of his actions is flat-out bullshit.

    At best, he misjudged the MAGNITUDE of his consequences.

    As a serial offender, he requires something a bit more significant than a two year vacation at Club Fed.

    Does he deserve life?

    Probably not. But his return to society should be protracted enough to insure he understands the consequences of his actions (two years in prison weren't enough to keep him from doing it again) and never, EVER wants to do something this stupid again.

I go on working for the same reason a hen goes on laying eggs. -- H.L. Mencken