September 13, 2008 |
The Virginia Supreme Court declared the state's anti-spam law unconstitutional Friday and reversed the conviction of a man once considered one of the world's most prolific spammers. The court unanimously agreed with Jeremy Jaynes' argument that the law violated the free-speech protections of the 1st Amendment because it does not restrict only commercial e-mails. Most other states have anti-spam laws, and there is a federal spam law as well. The Virginia law "is unconstitutionally overbroad on its face because it prohibits the anonymous transmission of all unsolicited bulk e-mails, including those containing political, religious or other speech protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution," Justice G. Steven Agee wrote.
April 27, 2010 |
The case of Thomas A. Drake, a former National Security Agency official indicted last week on charges of providing classified information to a Baltimore Sun reporter, is painfully familiar. In 2002, I became the target of a leak investigation stemming from America's first post- 9/11 terrorism prosecution. As a Justice Department ethics attorney, I had inadvertently learned of a court order for all copies of Justice's internal correspondence about the interrogation of the so-called American Taliban, John Walker Lindh.
July 4, 2010
Cellphones are getting smarter, but that also means they're more vulnerable to hacks and attacks. Here are some tips to protect yourself. -- Familiarize yourself with your phone's security controls. These are often listed on the phone's options or settings page. In general it's recommended that you choose the most restrictive settings. -- Read other users' reviews and ratings of apps and buy only those you think you can trust. -- Be suspicious if an app asks for access to data that doesn't seem appropriate for its function.
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August 2, 2008 |
A defense attorney convicted of stalking a former girlfriend was sentenced Friday to 95 days in jail. David Scharf, 46, also received five years' probation and was ordered to undergo 52 weeks of domestic abuse counseling and to avoid contact with the unidentified victim for 10 years. Scharf, a Del Mar resident, met the woman online in 2004. She broke off their relationship four months later, but he continued to pursue her, sending harassing and threatening e-mails that violated a restraining order.
January 22, 2008
Re "White House recycled backup tapes of e-mails," Jan. 17 I object to your use of the word "recycled," which implies something benign or perhaps even thrifty. Does anyone seriously believe the White House, squandering untold billions of our tax money overseas, needs to recycle its backup tapes for e-mails? Why not call this what it probably is, destroying evidence? When is Congress going to grow a backbone and impeach these shameful rascals? David Drum Los Angeles The White House's explanation that the industry standard practice of recycling backup tapes destroyed the e-mails is profoundly unconvincing.
March 14, 2011
A hacker organization on Monday released e-mails in which a former Bank of America Corp. employee asserts the company is hiding foreclosure information from regulators. The posting by a member of a group known as Anonymous includes e-mails in which an employee of Balboa Insurance Group in Irvine raises questions about removing from the record documents that were sent out in error. The e-mails don't indicate the loans have foreclosure issues. A Bank of America spokesman said the former Balboa employee stole documents from the company.
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October 14, 2009 |
A UCLA student allegedly stabbed a classmate five times and slashed her throat in a crime that prosecutors said Tuesday was premeditated and unprovoked. Damon Thompson, 20, was charged with one count of attempted murder in Thursday's attack in a chemistry lab in Young Hall. If convicted, he could face life in state prison with the possibility of parole. Thompson pleaded not guilty and was ordered held on $3-million bail by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Keith L. Schwartz after prosecutors argued that the Belize native was a flight risk.
September 4, 2008 |
Oracle Corp. Chief Executive Larry Ellison deliberately destroyed or withheld e-mails and failed to preserve tape recordings that should have been turned over to lawyers for shareholders suing him, a judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Susan Illston in San Francisco said Tuesday that the e-mails, as well as recordings of interviews for a book about Ellison, were willfully withheld. Ellison and Oracle knew the material was potentially relevant to claims that they made false statements about the company's 2001 second-quarter financial results and problems with a software product, Illston said.
March 19, 2006
Regarding: "Customs Apology on Drug Seizures," March 14: As one of the 12,735 consumers who had their prescriptions confiscated, I am bitterly engaged in exchanging e-mails with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. I was advised that the prescription would be returned to the Canadian shipper without cost to me, whatever that means. Incidentally, the medication is Plavix, which is prescribed to deter blood clots following a coronary stent implant. It costs $70 for a 30-day supply at Canada Drugs, compared with $130 at the local pharmacy.