June 12, 2007

From the good news department: substitute teacher’s conviction overturned

Posted in Civil rights, Education, News at 10:24 am by The Lizard Queen

I don’t know how many of my lovely readers have been following this story, in which “a 40-year-old substitute teacher from Connecticut [was] facing up to 40 years in prison for exposing her seventh grade class to a cascade of pornographic imagery” that was most likely the result of spyware. Either way, I was happy to learn last week that the conviction has been overturned (emphasis added):

[Substitute teacher Julie] Amero was convicted in January on four counts of risk of injury to a minor, but computer security experts and bloggers across the political spectrum rallied to Amero’s defense when evidence later emerged that her computer had been infected with spyware that caused pop-up ads to take over the screen.

Superior Court Judge Hillary Strackbein granted Amero’s motion for a retrial Wednesday after determining that a Norwich police detective who was called as an expert prosecution witness had given “erroneous” testimony about the computer.

A date for her new trial has not been set, but prosecutors did not oppose the ruling, meaning Amero is unlikely to face any further prosecution, NBC affiliate WVIT-TV of Hartford reported.

Huzzah. I needed a bit of good news.


1 Comment »

  1. Erin said,

    I see you keep an eye on the education field. If you’d like, stop by the new Ruby Payne blog. We’d love to have your input about our recent article in the New York Times.

    Best wishes!

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