A former Anonymous hacker who faced 26 years in prison for staging global cyber-attacks, was set free by a judge who credited him with helping prevent at least 300 such intrusions, including one on the U.S. Senate website.
Computer hacker Jeremy Hammond was sentenced to 10 years in prison for an attack on the intelligence firm Strategic Forecasting Inc., or Stratfor, and for interfering with eight other computer systems.
Chief U.S. Judge Loretta Preska in Manhattan and 86 other top federal court judges told Congress in a letter that automatic spending cuts are compromising the justice system and putting public safety at risk.
A U.S. judge in Manhattan handling the case of a hacker accused of ransacking a Texas-based intelligence firm refused to recuse herself after the defendant said her husband could be a victim of the alleged intrusion.
The latest bid by New York City to halt the use of public schools for worship was rejected by a federal appeals court that said the harm suffered by the city was outweighed by the fact that the practice has been in effect for almost a decade.
New York City’s refusal to allow religious groups to use public schools for worship doesn’t violate the U.S. Constitution, an appeals court ruled, reversing a trial judge in a case that has been reviewed by the court six times in almost two decades.
An admitted hacker with the group Anonymous who faces more than 26 years in prison deserves a dramatically reduced sentence because of “extremely valuable” aid he provided in U.S. investigations, prosecutors said.