As pointed out by Elizabeth at Sex In The Public Square, there’s good news Julie Amero. (A peek above our garters to Elizabeth and to her ace reporter (moi) for this.)
Julie Amero is the substitute teacher who nearly got locked up because of some pornographic spyware pop-ups that kept appearing on the computer in her classroom. Wired News reported yesterday that she’s been granted a new trial. She faced sentencing this week (up to 40 years in jail!) stemming from her January conviction on four felony counts of risking injury to minors.
Despite testimony that the monitor did not face the children, that Amero asked for help from other teachers and a vice principal, and that the schools IT administrator allowed the school’s filtering software to expire, Amero was found guilty.
Security experts around the internet have rallied to Amero’s defense, arguing that it is clear that the computer Amero was using was infested with pop-up software, but the school’s IT administrator told the jury he’d never heard of such software.
So the IT administrator was either incompetent or… well I guess there really isn’t an “or” there, is there? It would also seem that the prosecutor, police, and jury were pretty clueless. It was the perfect storm of ignorance.
I was in the process of writing a post about the details of what happened when I stumbled across something I’d like to share.
In February, Nancy Willard of the Center for Safe and Responsible Use of the Internet wrote a 19 page .pdf file with all the relevant information and a pretty comprehensive analysis of exactly what happened in the classroom that day. I’m highly recommending it, it’s quite the read.
But the really good news comes from the Wired article:
The city’s prosecutors did not oppose the motion for a new trial, raising the possibility that Amero will not be tried again.
Let’s hope Julie can finally be done with this insanity.