9yrs in the Slammer for Spammer

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Judge Sentences Spammer to Nine Years
Story Text:

Top UCE spammer Jeremy Jaynes was sentenced to 9yrs in jail for sending out in excess of 10 million unsolicited commercial emails today by a judge in Virgina The sentence has been postponed pending an appeal on the basis that the crime is so new, and has constitutional implications.

The AP report said:

A jury had recommended the nine-year prison term after convicting Jeremy Jaynes of pumping out at least 10 million e-mails a day with the help of 16 high-speed lines, the kind of Internet capacity a 1,000-employee company would need.

Jaynes, of Raleigh, N.C., told the judge that regardless of how the appeal turns out, "I can guarantee the court I will not be involved in the e-mail marketing business again."

This means very little untill it's gone through the appeals system but it's a pretty hefty thwack for sending email, unsolicited or not...


Goodroi posted this at the same time it seems, his write up adds some addtional info..

An email spammer sending at least 10 million emails a day was just sentenced to 9 years in prison. His sister was fined $7,5000 and no one else was convicted. He will appeal the ruling on the grounds that "the law was poorly crafted and that prosecutors never proved the e-mail was unsolicited"

The prosecution estimated that he grossed about $750k a month or $9 million a year. Assuming he only was in business for one year, would you go to prison for $1 million dollars a year?



The prosecution estimated that he grossed about $750k a month or $9 million a year. Assuming he only was in business for one year, would you go to prison for $1 million dollars a year?


>Jaynes, of Raleigh, N.C.,


>would you go to prison for $1 million dollars a year?



I can't say i would either, not that im rich or anything but a million ain't what it used to be...

Does The Penalty Fit The Crime?

Doesn't seem like it. Bit much comparatively. Prison is big business though, need to make sure there are enough inmates to pay the salaries of the privatized prison sector.

>>got to prison for a million dollars a year?

Nope. I wouldn't leave Tennessee for a million a year. Money definitely isn't everything.


Public hates spam. Lawyers like hype. Hang the spammers from the highest pole and be a hero. Prison is big business and so is the "justice" system.

>million dollars per year
Maybe house arrest. ;)

Sends a chill down my spine

All these prosecutions are in the states. None where I live but the thought makes me think twice every time I get my proxies and fire up my mailer.


i year a million dollars? yeah probably.

9 years 9 million? nope.

Death penalty, maybe, but prison time, no.

I think, from my prior posts here, it's pretty clear how harshly I feel about spammers. With that said, I think it's ridiculous to put them (and drug users, etc.) in prison. These are not (typically) violent criminals.

Put the bastards under house arrest, perhaps without Internet access. Or better yet, force them to clean up spam or do related community service (help out non-profits buried under spam, etc.)

Put these jerks to work for the greater good... make them undo some of the damage they've done, or have them help prevent future damage.

By putting them in prison, taxpayers are paying for their medical care and food and such, AND these people are rendered useless to the community.

I agree with one of the earlier posters; this fella was given jail time purely as a publicity stunt.


Fine them significantly more than they earned. And maybe let the punishment fit the crime -- irritate them. All the time.


Stick them in a flat with noisey neighbors! fuckers..

Same as Gurtie.

$9 million for 9 years no
$1 million for 1 year without a doubt.

There would also be the book "Why I went to jail for $1m and did I have a boyfriend"

It depends on the prison

If they sent me to one of those places where the white-collar criminals go, I'd consider it (even though I don't golf, so I'd never fit in).

But I don't think it would be a good business move to get sent to the sort of prison where you either have to be a member of NOI or AN (or whatever the gangs that claim alignment to the groups call themselves) or you're dead, as I kind of doubt either group would have me. Having all the organized, violent racists hate me for a year might not be worth the million.

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