national security

Overview of federal computer crimes

November 4, 2010
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The United States government prosecutes computer crimes through a catch-all provision in 18 USC 1030. This statute was most recently amended by the Patriot Act in 2001. Its purpose, as stated by Congress, is to protect America from cybercrime. The law punishes 7 types of computer crimes, with each having its own penalty: Breach of […]

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Timing of disclosure of evidence by the prosecution

October 21, 2010
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The United States Constitution requires that in all criminal cases, the prosecution must disclose to the defendant all evidence that proves guilt, as well as all evidence that proves innocence. Evidence falls into two general categories, inculpatory and exculpatory. Inculpatory evidence is generally any evidence that proves the defendant is guilty of the offense charged […]

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