Okay, okay. I suck. I was waiting to give Kevin Poulsen a chance to break the story of my sentencing, but he just called me back, and he's no longer with SecurityFocus, so here goes.

Misdemeanor computer intrusion, 18 USC 1030 (a)(5)(A)(iii)
2 years probation.
$100 fine.
$25 special assessment.

$100? What? Yes, $100. I've gotten a larger traffic fine. Nothing wrong with that, because I am in tons of debt, and the judge took that into account.

Here's the fun part:
For the time being, no firearms, no felons. If you have firearms, I'm not supposed to be around you. If you carry, and forget, I'd be happy to hold your firing pin or something like that, just so that I can prove that there's no way I could have had access to it. No idea why they're concerned about that, it's boilerplate stuff, maybe it can change, maybe it can't, but until then, please if you can don't have guns "accessible" to me.
Yes, this curtails my participation in some of the events that generally transpire on 4 July. Yes, this is more restrictive than my bond conditions, which simply restricted my purchase of firearms. Yes, it doesn't make sense. At this point, I don't want to rock the boat with my PO, so as much as it simply bugs me, I'll have to deal. I'm not a gun nut, but I hate having my freedoms restricted πŸ™‚

If you are a felon and would like to talk to me:
Please, please email me. I need to work out either permission from my PO, or we have to go our separate ways for the next 2 years. Sorry. I'm a misdemeanor case, but again, boilerplate stuff, and I can't violate it. So email me details of what your charges are – what you're comfortable with. I doubt this will be a problem, but I've been surprised before. Please don't let my probation officer be the person who delivers the surprise, tell me first.

I've got a lot to say in the next few days. Stay tuned.
I've got about 1.5 years of journal entries that need to be transcribed into livejournal.

Wait, does this mean Paul has no computer restrictions?

Yes, that's what it means. It's good to be back.

Look out world.

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    1. Just to clarify, firearms are only an issue if they're accessible to me. You can own an arsenal, just lock your gunsafe when I'm around. πŸ™‚

    1. Yes. I have much respect for Judge Thornburg, he made a very wise decision.

      I'm even surprisingly holding respect for the US attorney. They stuck up for me in court and made sure the record accurately reflected that it was done out of curiosity, not due to actual intent to defraud or steal credit card data.

  1. Welcome back, my friend. I'm glad the courts and the legal system treated you somewhat reasonably on this. Are your freedoms to travel curtailed by this sentence / by your bondsman, or will you be out and about in the near future?

    (no felonies or firearms here)

    1. Yes, my travel is heavily restricted. I need to talk to my PO about this when I return to Detroit. I'll be back really late tonight.

  2. guess I better stay away from you then.
    I'm not a felon, but you can't be around these….

    bwahaha. j/k
    sorry, my dad was watching wrestling ;op

  3. Congratulations πŸ™‚ Glad you're out from under that rock and simply hauling around a pebble now. We should take up a collection to pay your astronomical fine.

  4. doesn't holding a firing pin prove that you DO have access to a firearm?

    no felonies here…are you allowed to be around CCW holders (since you presumably would have no idea they firearms are present)?

    1. I'd imagine that if I wasn't aware there was a gun, there wouldn't be an issue. I asked specifically about hanging out in a friends backyard when they're all shooting guns, and they said that because my friends could hand me a gun, or I could just pick one up out of their case, I shouldn't do it.

      And removal of a firing pin is the easiest way to make a gun legally a hunk of metal. If it's impossible to fire, it's no longer a firearm, at least until it's put back together.

  5. huh…you can't talk to anyone who's ever been convicted of a felony? Seems a little overreaching to me.

    I bet you're glad to have this over with.

    1. I can't "Associate with known felons". I'm taking the wide approach around that one. πŸ™‚ I don't think it's a huge issue. For what it's worth nobody's spoken up, and apparently I can work with felons and the like, I just can't have a social relationship with them, according to my PO. That's a pretty common restriction, every restriction I have is boilerplate. I'll have to post my forms later.

      You might get a kick out of my documents archive. http://www.telcodata.us/court/

      Check it out.

  6. is it "no firearms" meaning physical or tactile connection, or "no firearms" meaning not owning any guns? Unless I read the exact wording I couldn't find a decent loophole, but in the intrim I won't send you any surface to air missles.

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