"He has not been charged with the manufacture or possession of child pornography or crimes involving identity theft or the theft of credit card numbers."
one question, WHY NOT?!?!?!?!?!?
Federal prosecutors have accused a man of hacking into scores of computers and using the personal information he found to extort sexually explicit videos from female victims, many of whom were juveniles. Luis Mijangos, 31, of Santa Ana, California, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with extortion, according to court …
My guess is that the only victims that could be identified were of legal age, and/or there wasn't any way of identifying the juvenile victims, so their age could not be established.
So the prosecution are going for the obvious (and pretty safe) conviction, rather than jeopardising the success of future convictions with bringing a weak case now.
IANAL though, so what do I know...
where all crimes are societys fault and all the reckless spending has left precious little money for prosecuting crimes. Even as a moderate to liberal Democrat I have to laugh at that mismanaged basket case state. As ole Maynard sings:
Here in this hopeless fucking hole we call LA
The only way to fix it is to flush it all away.
Any fucking time. Any fucking day.
Learn to swim, I'll see you down in Arizona bay.
"In all, he allegedly infected more than 100 computers used by approximately 230 individuals, at least 44 of whom were juveniles, prosecutors said."
So what they're saying is that these 44 juveniles had access to the infected computers, not that the perp elicited any material from them or had any desire to. From the article, it seems that he was only interested in 1 of the 2.3 people who had access to each computer.
AFAICT this is no more than the "authorities" cynically adding an emotive "think of the kiddies!" factor to sway the public perception against Mijangos: "Plead guilty and we won't add spurious kiddie-porn charges."
Implication is guilt in the court of public opinion.
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