Archive for the ‘Federal’ Category

  • ‘Anonymous’ Hackers Plead Guilty To PayPal Cyberattack


    13 defendants who pled guilty include Christopher Wayne Cooper, aka “Anthrophobic,” of Elberta, Ala.; Joshua John Covelli, aka “Absolem,” and, “Toxic,” of Fairborn, Ohio; Keith Wilson Downey of Jacksonville, Fla.; Mercedes Renee Haefer, aka “No,” and “MMMM,” of Las Vegas; Donald Husband, aka “Ananon,” of Fairfield, Calif.; Vincent Charles Kershaw, aka “Trivette,” “Triv,” and “Reaper,” of FortCollins, Colo.; Ethan Miles of Flagstaff, Ariz.; James C. Murphy of Baldwin Park, Calif.; Drew Alan Phillips, aka “Drew010,” of Santa Rosa, Calif.; Jeffrey Puglisi, aka “Jeffer,” “Jefferp,” and “Ji,” of Clinton
    Township, Mich.; Daniel Sullivan of Camarillo, Calif.; Tracy Ann Valenzuela of Napa, Calif.; and Christopher Quang Vo of Attleboro, Mass.The defendants initially pled not guilty to their 2011 indictment on charges of conspiracy to commit intentional damage to a protected computer and aiding and abetting intentional damage to a protected computer.With the exception of Valenzuela, Phillips and Miles, each of the defendants pled guilty to one count of conspiracy and one count of intentional damage to a protected computer. Valenzuela pled guilty to one count of reckless damage to a protected computer, while Phillips and Mileswere allowed to plead guilty only to one count each of intentional damage to a protected computer. (more…)

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  • Federal government’s new marijuana policy welcomed by Sonoma County activists

    Santa Rosa Press Democrat

    In a sweeping new policy statement prompted by pot legalization votes in Washington and Colorado last fall, the Department of Justice gave the green light to states to adopt tight regulatory schemes to oversee the medical and recreational marijuana industries burgeoning across the country. The memo was greeted with optimism by Sonoma County medical marijuana advocates who said it would provide relief to local officials who feared federal liability for permitting dispensaries and provide a springboard for the next statewide ballot measure to legalize pot for recreational use.

    “It’s fantastic,” said Omar Figueroa, a Sebastopol lawyer who has drafted legalization initiatives. “They are deciding that rather than remaining in denial and allowing a Wild West, laissez faire atmosphere, they will encourage ultra-regulated systems. That’s huge.”

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  • Feds Green Light Colorado Legalization, With Conditions

    San Francisco Chronicle: SF Gate: Smell the Truth Blog

    U.S. Attorneys are receiving new marching orders from the Dept. of Justice regarding pot legalization in states that have legalized marijuana, including Washington and Colorado. Prosecutors should not make a state-legal pot businesses a priority as long as they follow state law and meet eight key federal goals: 1) Preventing marijuana distribution to minors; 2) Preventing money from sales from going to criminal groups; 3) Preventing the diversion of marijuana from states where it is legal to states where it is illegal; 4) Preventing criminal groups from using state laws as cover for trafficking of other illegal drugs; 5) Preventing violence and the use of illegal firearms; 6) Preventing drugged driving; 7) Preventing the growing of marijuana on public lands, and; 8) Preventing marijuana possession or use on federal property. California attorney Omar Figueroa, a cannabis law specialist said the effects could be profound. The DOJ’s statement could green-light California efforts to legalize marijuana.

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