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Jul. 11th, 2006

A federal appeals court upheld a nine-year prison term Monday for a hacker who tried and failed to steal customer credit-card numbers from the Lowe's chain of home improvement stores.
Salcedo's attorney did not return a phone call Monday. Reached by phone, Timmins said Salcedo's and Botbyl's ultimate plan was to install the hacked tcpcredit code at all the Lowe's outlets, tapping into a torrent of credit-card data. "It was serious," he said. But he still wasn't expecting the sentence to survive appeal.

"I'm just kind of surprised that they upheld it," he said. "That's an incredibly long time."

DUNDALK, Md. (AP) -- A woman who gave her infant daughter methadone to keep her from fussing was sentenced to eight years in prison for causing the baby's death.
Gina M. Camponeschi, 35, pleaded guilty to involuntary homicide in May. Her daughter, Adriana, was born last July addicted to heroin and cocaine because the mother used drugs during her pregnancy, prosecutors said. The newborn spent 30 days in the hospital for detoxification.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A judge on Tuesday erased the rape conviction of a man who was exonerated by DNA evidence after spending 18 years in prison.
Tillman was 26, living in a homeless shelter and working at a car wash when he was charged with abducting a woman as she got into her car near a Hartford restaurant, then beating and raping her at a nearby housing project. He maintained his innocence and rejected a plea bargain that would have given him eight years in prison.

Goes to show our priorities, huh?


Jul. 12th, 2006 01:21 am (UTC)
wtf? 4th Circuit? Quite possibly the most conservative Court of Appeals in the country. Why wasn't this tried in the 6th circuit where the crimes occurred? Too bad they didn't do their crimes on the West coast. They could have appealed to the 9th circuit where they actually understand technology as it applies to the law. Then again, commit the crime, do the time.
Jul. 12th, 2006 01:39 am (UTC)
Yea, I agree. 4th circuit isn't good. Too bad they had to pick Lowes. :(