Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Versus Freedom

The hack on Stratfor exposed tyranny at the highest levels of government. The man, or one of the men/ women, who helped expose the abuse of American Law is named Jeremy Hammond.

Jeremy Hammond needs our help!

Jeremy Hammond is a true american hero facing the Nazi regime.

Help Free Jeremy Hammond!

On November 15, Jeremy will be sentenced by the NAZI regime that he exposed. Just like Bradley Manning, the young freedom fighter will most likely spend much of his youth in their modern concentration camps. Hammond’s supporters are asking for letters to be sent to the judge in the case.

The Jeremy Hammond Letter Campaign

The letter campaign is an attempt to seek leniency from the court. The supporters warn not to try to argue that Mr. Hammond was convicted unjustly; the campaign seeks instead to highlight the fact that those convicted in Ireland and the United Kingdom will spend no more than 16 months in prison, and that the sentencing guidelines and laws for non-violent crimes such as computer abuse are far to extreme. Bankers are going home with huge paychecks even though they have effectively destroyed the American credit.

Although a judge departing from sentencing guidelines is rare, especially in a case when the guidelines warrant the statutory maximum, if the campaign can create the desired avalanche of letters, they might sway the court towards leniency. For more information on the letter campaign, click here. 

From the lawyer for Jeremy Hammond, Jay Leiderman

Jay Leiderman is a criminal defense attorney in Ventura, California. To see Jay’s request for letters and the formats he suggests using please visit:
http://jayleiderman.blogspot.com/2013/10/letters-desperately-needed-for-jeremy.html

Jeremy Hammond Plea Deal

In response to his please deal Jeremy offered the following on May 28, 2013:

Today I pleaded guilty to one count of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. This was a very difficult decision. I hope this statement will explain my reasoning. I believe in the power of the truth. In keeping with that, I do not want to hide what I did or to shy away from my actions. This non-cooperating plea agreement frees me to tell the world what I did and why, without exposing any tactics or information to the government and without jeopardizing the lives and well-being of other activists on and offline.

During the past 15 months I have been relatively quiet about the specifics of my case as I worked with my lawyers to review the discovery and figure out the best legal strategy. There were numerous problems with the government’s case, including the credibility of FBI informant Hector Monsegur. However, because prosecutors stacked the charges with inflated damages figures, I was looking at a sentencing guideline range of over 30 years if I lost at trial. I have wonderful lawyers and an amazing community of people on the outside who support me. None of that changes the fact that I was likely to lose at trial. But, even if I was found not guilty at trial, the government claimed that there were eight other outstanding indictments against me from jurisdictions scattered throughout the country. If I had won this trial I would likely have been shipped across the country to face new but similar charges in a different district. The process might have repeated indefinitely. Ultimately I decided that the most practical route was to accept this plea with a maximum of a ten year sentence and immunity from prosecution in every federal court.

Now that I have pleaded guilty it is a relief to be able to say that I did work with Anonymous to hack Stratfor, among other websites. Those others included military and police equipment suppliers, private intelligence and information security firms, and law enforcement agencies. I did this because I believe people have a right to know what governments and corporations are doing behind closed doors. I did what I believe is right.

I have already spent 15 months in prison. For several weeks of that time I have been held in solitary confinement. I have been denied visits and phone calls with my family and friends. This plea agreement spares me, my family, and my community a repeat of this grinding process.

I would like to thank all of my friends and supporters for their amazing and ongoing gestures of solidarity. Today I am glad to shoulder the responsibility for my actions and to move one step closer to daylight.

Jeremy Hammond

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