Yabbut. It wuz forrin 'puters.
and he did it from our soil. Bloke should get a medal.
The Canadian hacker who helped Russian agents by breaking into more than 11,000 Yahoo email accounts could spend the next eight years behind bars, if American prosecutors get their way. The case against Karim Baratov entered its sentencing phase this week as both sides submitted to a California federal district judge their …
My fault for leaving out the, binary, context. Perhaps I should have used the 'whoosh' icon... Oh!
We need a Whoosh icon for when Joke Alert might not fully express the concern of a polarized response where the post implies but avoids making the authors intent clear.
The Whoosh Icon will comprise a head and paw image of a Hamster holding a sunflower seed in their paws with the word Woosh!1! above its head.
Baratov's team, meanwhile, contends this was his first run-in with the law and he was in his teens for much of the alleged activity
"The Extenuating circumstances in the instant matter are plentiful. This is Mr Baratov’s first arrest. Additionally, Mr Baratov was under the age of 22 during the majority of the time that he hacked email accounts," they argue [PDF].
To these two points I would respond:
1. First run-in with the law simply translates to first time caught breaking it
2. Who gives a shit? He was an adult and the age of criminal responsibility is substantially lower.
What strikes me is the closeness between proposed sentences. One side wants him to get 94 months, the other 45 months? That's - really not a very wide difference of opinion.
If I were employing the defense team, they should be seeking a writ of "boys will be boys" and arguing for a six month suspended sentence, or whatever it's called in California.
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