Friday, December 12, 2008

Virginia Attorney General Seeks Reinstatement of Spam Law

Sue Walsh writes on All Spammed Up:

The Virginia Attorney General is petitioning the U.S. Supreme court in an effort to get the state’s anti-spam law reinstated. It was overturned in September by the Virginia Supreme Court. The court deemed it unconstitutional and a violation of the First Amendment because it prohibited the anonymous sending of bulk mail. They feared the possibility of an individual being prosecuted for sending religious or political emails.

In his petition, Attorney General Bob McDonald argued that the justices based their decision on a hypothetical situation that isn’t likely to happen. That decision led to the conviction of one of the world’s worst spammers being thrown out. Jeremy Jayne had been first person in the country convicted of a felony for spamming. He allegedly sent close to 10 million emails a day from his home.

More here.


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