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US Spammer Challenged the Va. Anti-Spam Law

According to the news published by redOrbit on June 10, 2008, Jeremy Jaynes an internationally known super spammer, criticized Virginia's anti-spam Act 2003 arguing that it violates the right to free expression.

As per reports published by Associated Press on June 4, 2008, advocate Tom Wolf on behalf of Jaynes told the judges on June 4, 2008 that Jaynes should not be stopped from making his argument, as truly enough the Virginia law was too broad.

However, the court's ruling is expected to take place in September 2008.

Meanwhile, according to Jaynes, Virginia's anti-spam legislation that bars distribution of unsolicited mass e-mail is unconstitutional.

And while hearing various arguments related to the case, reports published on June 4, 2008 revealed that Virginia Supreme Court would reconsider Jaynes' position. For, Jaynes, who was once reckoned as one of the world's greatest ten spammers, should be permitted to fight for free speech. In February 2008, it had ruled that Jaynes' case was groundless.

Further, according to reports, Jaynes had turned out to be the first US resident found guilty for a serious crime of distributing unsolicited mass e-mail referred as spam. As a result, he faced a 9-years prison sentence, although he is currently detained in home in Loudoun County.

Reports also revealed that Jaynes used pseudonyms and fake IP addresses to blow up Web users with unwanted e-mails promoting bogus services and products. They indicated that Jaynes sent 53,000 illegal e-mails within 36 hours in July 2003, although authorities believe that he sent 10 Million e-mails per day in a company that earned gross revenue of up to $ 750,000 a month, meaning he sent out spam.

The charges on Jaynes were made in Virginia because his spam passed through an AOL (American Online) server in Loudoun County, where AOL is based.

In due course, although Jaynes appealed against his conviction presenting several reasons, the Virginia Supreme Court affirmed that he was guilty. However, the judges later on settled to give his case another consideration under the First Amendment, as they thought it breached the rather broad anti-spam law of Virginia.

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