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Judge to Student: No Guns, Drugs, or Bombs, and Definitely No Internet

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posted on Sep, 23 2007 @ 09:55 PM
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Judge to Student: No Guns, Drugs, or Bombs, and Definitely No Internet


arstechnica.com

The Internet and the law collided awkwardly again recently, as a judge in Connecticut has ruled that a man, Andrew Reitenbach, who sent three threatening e-mails to a female student, be prohibited from accessing the Internet. Reitenbach, a 21 year-old student at the University of Connecticut in Torrington, had been arrested last Saturday and charged with second-degree breach of peace, second-degree harassment, and attempt to commit coercion.
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posted on Sep, 23 2007 @ 09:55 PM
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I can see a judge prohibiting a person from possessing guns, drugs, bombs and explosives, BUT prohibiting somebody from using the internet because of e-mails he sent to somebody?

They were pretty threatening e-mails, but .... if he had mailed them, would he then of been banned from using the postal service, or if he had made threats on a cell phone, would he have then been banned from having a cell phone?

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[edit on 23/9/07 by Keyhole]



posted on Sep, 23 2007 @ 10:22 PM
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I think its fine he was banned from the internet, the internet is not a human right, its a privilege, if hes abusing it by threatning people, then he shouldnt be alowed on it, same cannot be said for things like the post office, because im pretty sure thats more of a public service, correct me if im wrong.


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posted on Sep, 24 2007 @ 07:56 AM
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The postal service is a service that you pay for, just like the Internet.

It is not a right nor a privilege. It is a service. Almost a utility these days. A valid comparison could be made between banning use of the Internet and banning use of a telephone. They're both moronic.

A simple order of protection would prohibit him from emailing the victim and subject him to further prosecution if he does.

How do you attempt to commit coercion anyway?



posted on Sep, 24 2007 @ 07:05 PM
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How do you attempt to commit coercion anyway?


A random chain letter email claiming that if you don't do what it entails, then Bill Gates will come to your house and eat you.




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