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Julie Amero

February 20, 2007

Sometimes you run across a story that seems too illogical to be true (see Scout’s post). A substitute teacher showing inappropriate websites to her students? A middle aged woman sent to prison for 40 years for popup ads?

It could happen. According to stories, Julie Amero was convicted on four counts of “risking injury to a child” and could face up to 40 years in prison. Did she maliciously navigate to these sites? It depends on whose side you’re on – anyone who’s been caught in a viscious cycle of popup ads knows how trying to close 1 ad can open 5 more. But they can leave an imprint that looks as though you intentionally went to the site. How did the school’s firewalls allow this? They were out of date and IT hadn’t followed up on the situation. Should a woman really go to prison for 40 years because of popup ads?

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