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Cyber Harassment Could Soon Be A Crime In New Jersey

January 4, 2014 Comments off

 

By David Madden

TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) — A New Jersey senate committee cleared a measure this week that tightens laws against harassment over the Internet.

Camden County State Senator Donald Norcross wants to create the crime of cyber harassment.

“If a threat was being made person to person, it was covered. If a person made it over the phone, it was covered,” Norcross said. “But the cyber loophole was still there.”

Parents have often tried to take legal action to protect their kids online, only to find there is no law to hang their complaint on.

Norcross said his measure would be quite specific about what constitutes as cyber harassment.

“When the threats occur, they’re not accidentally being made,” he said. “They go to a certain condition that goes knowingly, with the intent to emotionally or physically harm. So no one will accidentally do this.”

Offenders could face up to 18 months in jail and/or a fine up to $10,000.

While the bill is aimed primarily at protecting children, Norcross believes it could be equally effective for adults. But he has asked for a legal clarification on that from the Attorney General.

Full senate action is pending and a similar bill in the Assembly has yet to move.

Was There Illegal Cyberstalking In The Petraeus Affair?

November 26, 2012 1 comment

What launched the investigation that uncovered former CIA director David Petraeus’ affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell? Was it the suspicion of illegal “cyberstalking?” If so, was there ever any real evidence that cyberstalking laws had been broken? I seriously doubt it.

Dozens of news stories have recounted how Jill Kelley, a Tampa, Fla. socialite and friend of the Petraeus family, received a series of anonymous emails that she considered to be cyberstalking or cyber harassment. She turned to a friend of hers in the FBI, who then launched an investigation into the emails. We don’t yet know what those emails said, but a Daily Beast piece on Tuesday, attributed to a formerly high-ranking source in the intelligence community, described them as “cat-fight stuff.”  According to the source, the emails said things like, “‘Who do you think you are? … You parade around the base … You need to take it down a notch.’” Numerous reports have said Kelley received only five or ten of these emails.

 

States Look to Enact Cyberbullying Laws

March 23, 2012 Comments off

Cyberbullying Personal Stories: Coming Soon

March 23, 2012 Comments off

Tyler Clementi Trial to Begin Today

February 27, 2012 Comments off

Read the 15-Count Grand Jury Indictment Handed Down
Against Dharun Ravi, Tyler Clementi’s Roomate Here:

http://timenewsfeed.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/042011_ravi_indict.pdf

WATCH VIDEO ON THE STANDARD OF PROOF ISSUE

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