Thursday, March 29, 2007

Julie Amero Sentencing Pushed Back To April

If you aren't familiar with the case ... Julie Amero was a substitute teacher who was convicted of exposing her class to porn. The sentencing was supposed to be today, but the state got a continuation. I have been watching this case closely for some time now. You can read my previous posts on the matter here, and here.

I want Julie RELEASED! She is innocent, and the victim of cyber-crime, a corrupt judicial system, and an inept police force that has no business investigating IT crime.

Via the Norwich Bulletin:

NORWICH — Sentencing for Julie Amero, a former substitute teacher convicted of four counts of risk of injury to a minor, was continued to April 26 at Norwich.

Amero faces a maximum of 40 years in jail after being charged with accessing porn Oct. 19, 2004, in the presence of teens in her class at Kelly Middle School.

Judge Hillary Strackbein approved a request for a continuation by the state. No reason for the continuance has been officially filed.

The prosecutor and police department have been inundated with letters of support for Amero from IT professionals and concerned citizens alike. All have criticized to handling of the case. Especially since there was no investigation for malware conducted by the police.

On March 6, 2007, a $2,400 ad appeared in the Hartford Courant signed by 28 computer science professors who said that they think that Amero could not have controlled the pornographic pop-ups.

Given that add, the public outcry, and recent developments in the case ... it's no wonder the state doesn't want sentencing yet.

In a month I will be posting about the sentencing then, and will hopefully have the updated information on Julie Amero's appeal.


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