Updates below the fold
Updates: Friday February 23, 2007: Andrew Kantor writing in USA Today: Police, School Get Failing Grade in Amero Case:
Julie Amero was a victim of a school that couldn't be bothered to protect its computers, of a prosecutor without the technology background to understand what he was doing, a police "expert" who was not, and a jury misled by all of them. "Miscarriage of justice" doesn't begin to describe it
Friday February 23, 2007: Regina Lynn writing in Wired News: Protect the Children from Porn
What message does this witch hunt send to students? That if you scream and huff and puff, you can get your way -- and a spot on national television -- even when you haven't made the most basic attempts to verify the assumptions on which you base your accusations?
More updates: Friday February 23, 2007: I'm handing off the Julie Amero updates baton to DrumsNWhistles, because she is on it like white on rice. She feels very passionate about this case and has researched the facts in detail .
Julie Amero is the substitute teacher in the Norwich, Connecticut school district who was the victim of a porn popup storm on poorly maintained school computers. Never mind the facts; Ms. Amero was railroaded--found guilty of four counts of risk of injury to a minor, or impairing the morals of a child. She faces a sentence of up to 40 years in prison. The case, from beginning to end, was a travesty of justice. Ms. Amero was the victim of malware and the incompetence of the school district's IT department.
Julie and I canât afford to fight this battle on our own. Our expenses have been in excess of $20,000 to date. That may not sound like a lot to many people, but when you consider it is almost twice what she made substitute teaching in one year it puts it in perspective.
Please contribute as much as you can.
Teacher Eric Hoefler wrote:
See what Jon's Network has to say.
Mamacita of Scheiss Weekly is heartbroken, and is asking readers to contribute to Amero's defense.
Grant Robertson at The Download Squad wrote,
Now it's your turn. Take 5 minutes out of your day and do what you can to keep Julie Amero from serving jail-time for falling victim to malware! Think for one minute about the last time you answered a ridiculously simple computer question for a computer-noob relative, and of how a concept so simple for you was so mind boggling for them. Your five minutes meant a lot, didn't it? In this case, that same five minutes could save Julie Amero from jail.
Connecticut Board of Pardon and Parole
Chairman Gregory Everett
Rowland Government Center
55 West Main Street, Suite 520
Waterbury, Connecticut 06702
You can email Chairman Gregory Everett at firstname.lastname@example.org
Texas Malahini is in, but hasn't blogged about it. She's a modest sort.
Majikthise writes about the Legal Defense Fund
Jay Allen, who writes at The Zero Boss, says the Amero case is another instance of zero tolerance gone amuck, and asks for donations to Amero's legal defense fund.
DrumsNWhistles says she will donate a buck for every comment and link, and WOW the folks really get the ball rolling.
I don't know about you, but that sounds a lot more like something that would happen here in Saudi Arabia than in the United States of America. The muttawa are big on "impairing morals" issues; are notorious for censorship of both internet content and access; and love to scapegoat rather than deal with the root issue of problems. Apparently so do the US courts.
If you donate money to her defense fund (go here), even if it’s only $1.00 leave me a comment and I will put your name into a drawing for a gift certificate for $25.00 to Scout’s Swag. You can also get your name put in by posting about it on your blog. If you do both, I’ll put your name in twice. Just leave me a comment/pingback and let me know. I will keep comments open for 48 hours. You have until Thursday, February 22nd at 8:00am MST to do this.