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Accused eBay Hacker Fumbles in Court
posted by filter_editor on Tuesday March 19, @12:37PM
from the IANAL dept.
Criminal Law How is practicing law like computer programming? Unfortunately for accused eBay hacker Jerome Heckenkamp, the answer is that it's not. Back in January, Heckencamp, a boy-genius hacker who graduated from college at 18 years of age, fired his attorney, cyberlaw hotshot Jennifer Granick, after concluding that he could do a better job defending himself. "This is my case and I have to do what I can to win," he told U.S. District Court Judge Patricia Trumbull. "I think this is the best way to do that."

He then asked to have Granick reinstated that very same day.

Now, however, Heckencamp has fired Granick once again, and, after appearing in court as his own counsel, ended up back in federal custody. According to this Security Focus article by former hacker Kevin Poulsen, Heckencamp "challenged the indictment against him on the grounds that it spells his name, Jerome T. Heckenkamp, in all capital letters, while he spells it with the first letter capitalized, and subsequent letters in lower case."

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    Turning a trial into a circus (Score:1)
    by bagman on Tuesday March 19, @11:37PM (#44)
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    Thought I'd cross-post the following from Slashdot:

    It's been done. And successfully. During the Chicago 7 trial, one of the defendants, Abbie Hoffman, appeared wearing a judge's robes [umkc.edu]. Add to that the fact that the judge in the case was also named Hoffman . . .

    To get the full picture, check out these transcript excerpts [umkc.edu]. Some of them are absolutely hysterical. The circus-like nature of the trial was probably part of the reason that the defendants were able to get reversals on appeal [umkc.edu].

    Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition. - Isaac Asimov

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