UPDATE 2-U.S. court voids man's conviction for hacking celebrities' iPads
A federal appeals court on Friday unanimously threw out the conviction of an Arkansas man for stealing the personal data of about 120,000 Apple iPad users, including big-city mayors, a TV news anchor and a Hollywood movie mogul.Now, reading that part, you might be tempted to think this is a big "DUH" - except that it's not, really. Reading a little more into the issue, apparently the state for prosecution was chosen based on a number of victims having come from the state chosen - some 4,500 victims were from New Jersey where prosecution took place. There's no other information in the story about the remaining 115K+ victims.
The reason: Prosecutors brought the case in the wrong state.
With internet crimes like identity theft, this is a thorny new issue. If I travel to an adjoining state and knock over a liquor store, I get tried in the adjoining state because that's where the crime took place. It is unclear from this article what kind of policy exists for prosecuting crimes that occur over the internet, where victims might be spread over multiple jurisdictions.
Of course, this just means that the Fed will step in and claim jurisdiction in ALL internet crimes...
That is all.
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