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(Journal Times)   Play a Craigslist prank on your neighbor? No Internet for you   (journaltimes.com) divider line 19
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3364 clicks; posted to Geek » on 12 Feb 2014 at 11:19 AM (28 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2014-02-12 10:28:20 AM
On the one hand, good. Guy's a dick, and his actions could've easily led to his neighbor being assaulted or stalked. She should also get to take two free swings at his nuts with a cricket bat.

On the other hand...
"You may not, in any way, use the Internet," Torhorst added.
He gave Willis 30 days to cancel his Internet service contract.
... After the hearing, Assistant Public Defender Carolyn Delery said he won't appeal the sentence.
"He thought the sentencing was very fair," she said.


Depending on the wording of the actual order, "you may not, in any way, use the Internet" goes waaaaaay too far. Forget surfing at home - you also can't use ATMs, VoIP phones, Point of Sale terminals or grocery self-checkout lanes, taxis with interactive screens, ticket kiosks, etc. The Internet is literally everywhere these days.  A similar probation order in Massachusetts got overturned on appeal for exactly that reason.
 
2014-02-12 11:25:29 AM
It's interesting, this type of ban. Did prank callers ever get banned from using a telephone? Did anyone who sent a prank letter ever get banned from using the postal service? If you play a prank on someone in a public place, does that mean you can be banned from attending that place?

The probation seemed a good sentence, tho.
 
2014-02-12 11:40:47 AM
The guy is lucky he didn't get jail time.

IDK I love pranking people but most of my "pranks" don't run the risk of the victim being raped or killed.
 
2014-02-12 11:42:11 AM

Theaetetus: On the one hand, good. Guy's a dick, and his actions could've easily led to his neighbor being assaulted or stalked. She should also get to take two free swings at his nuts with a cricket bat.

On the other hand...
"You may not, in any way, use the Internet," Torhorst added.
He gave Willis 30 days to cancel his Internet service contract.
... After the hearing, Assistant Public Defender Carolyn Delery said he won't appeal the sentence.
"He thought the sentencing was very fair," she said.

Depending on the wording of the actual order, "you may not, in any way, use the Internet" goes waaaaaay too far. Forget surfing at home - you also can't use ATMs, VoIP phones, Point of Sale terminals or grocery self-checkout lanes, taxis with interactive screens, ticket kiosks, etc. The Internet is literally everywhere these days.  A similar probation order in Massachusetts got overturned on appeal for exactly that reason.


If it was me, I'd seriously consider dropping out of society and roughing it in the woods for a couple of years.  That pesky bit about having to check in with a probation officer might get in the way, though.
 
2014-02-12 11:49:55 AM

rzrwiresunrise: It's interesting, this type of ban. Did prank callers ever get banned from using a telephone? Did anyone who sent a prank letter ever get banned from using the postal service? If you play a prank on someone in a public place, does that mean you can be banned from attending that place?

The probation seemed a good sentence, tho.


Actually, yes, there's precedent. Kevin Mitnick was banned from using the Internet as a condition of his parole a decade ago; obviously Internet access is more prevalent now, but then again Mitnick was also banned at one point from using telephones.
 
2014-02-12 12:57:30 PM

Theaetetus: On the one hand, good. Guy's a dick, and his actions could've easily led to his neighbor being assaulted or stalked. She should also get to take two free swings at his nuts with a cricket bat.

On the other hand...
"You may not, in any way, use the Internet," Torhorst added.
He gave Willis 30 days to cancel his Internet service contract.
... After the hearing, Assistant Public Defender Carolyn Delery said he won't appeal the sentence.
"He thought the sentencing was very fair," she said.

Depending on the wording of the actual order, "you may not, in any way, use the Internet" goes waaaaaay too far. Forget surfing at home - you also can't use ATMs, VoIP phones, Point of Sale terminals or grocery self-checkout lanes, taxis with interactive screens, ticket kiosks, etc. The Internet is literally everywhere these days.  A similar probation order in Massachusetts got overturned on appeal for exactly that reason.


Came here to say something like this. Judge needs to realize that there's more to the Internet than the just tri-dub.
/No, I don't ever use that term.
 
2014-02-12 01:02:59 PM
It's stupid because it's unenforceable unless they hire someone to follow him around 24/7.  His phone probably has internet on it.  He can go to McDonalds, Starbucks, or a hotel and get on the wifi and they'd never know.
So unless he does something stupid and gets tattled on, it's pretty much just the honor system.
 
2014-02-12 01:08:35 PM
If anything you can do on Craigslist can get you banned from the internet, they really need to do that to this one gay guy who routinely emails w4m posts to see if the guy would pretend he's a woman.

//Every damn post i make, and this idiot responds.  I don't mind the homosexery, but the ad was in the W4M section for a freaking reason, weirdo.
 
2014-02-12 01:09:45 PM
did i get that backwards.  M4W.  whichever section I correctly post my creepy hook up ads to.
 
2014-02-12 01:59:55 PM
can not decide until i see her pic's....
 
2014-02-12 02:20:05 PM
I've been tempted to advertise the free-range children screaming outside my window, free to anyone that wants them. But their white trash mom finally got out of jail and picked them up from 44 year old grandma's one bedroom apartment.
 
2014-02-12 02:29:33 PM

IronJelly: did i get that backwards.  M4W.  whichever section I correctly post my creepy hook up ads to.


Goddam, that's the BEST typo I've ever seen on here!
 
2014-02-12 02:43:41 PM

ReverendJasen: It's stupid because it's unenforceable unless they hire someone to follow him around 24/7.  His phone probably has internet on it.  He can go to McDonalds, Starbucks, or a hotel and get on the wifi and they'd never know.
So unless he does something stupid and gets tattled on, it's pretty much just the honor system.


Probation usually is... It forces the offender to exercise some self control, with serious consequences for failing to (and getting caught).
 
2014-02-12 03:58:57 PM
Was that wrong?  Should I not have done that?
 
2014-02-12 04:01:35 PM
That's not a prank, that's harassment.
 
2014-02-12 05:16:40 PM

Theaetetus: On the one hand, good. Guy's a dick, and his actions could've easily led to his neighbor being assaulted or stalked. She should also get to take two free swings at his nuts with a cricket bat.

On the other hand...
"You may not, in any way, use the Internet," Torhorst added.
He gave Willis 30 days to cancel his Internet service contract.
... After the hearing, Assistant Public Defender Carolyn Delery said he won't appeal the sentence.
"He thought the sentencing was very fair," she said.

Depending on the wording of the actual order, "you may not, in any way, use the Internet" goes waaaaaay too far. Forget surfing at home - you also can't use ATMs, VoIP phones, Point of Sale terminals or grocery self-checkout lanes, taxis with interactive screens, ticket kiosks, etc. The Internet is literally everywhere these days.  A similar probation order in Massachusetts got overturned on appeal for exactly that reason.


That's a good point. I wonder if the judge took into consideration tunnels, water faucets, and any other series of tubes when he banned the Internet.
 
2014-02-13 01:43:35 AM
Theaetetus:
Depending on the wording of the actual order, "you may not, in any way, use the Internet" goes waaaaaay too far. Forget surfing at home - you also can't use ATMs, VoIP phones, Point of Sale terminals or grocery self-checkout lanes, taxis with interactive screens, ticket kiosks, etc. The Internet is literally everywhere these days.  A similar probation order in Massachusetts got overturned on appeal for exactly that reason.

Come on, the judge's intent is obvious- he can't access a web browser.
 
2014-02-13 06:24:14 AM
Meh. I'm totally OK with this. If the judge sent him to prison, he wouldn't have internet access (I hope), and he'd get ass-raped into the bargain. Which would also be fine.
 
2014-02-13 08:14:10 AM

Theaetetus: On the one hand, good. Guy's a dick, and his actions could've easily led to his neighbor being assaulted or stalked. She should also get to take two free swings at his nuts with a cricket bat.

On the other hand...
"You may not, in any way, use the Internet," Torhorst added.
He gave Willis 30 days to cancel his Internet service contract.
... After the hearing, Assistant Public Defender Carolyn Delery said he won't appeal the sentence.
"He thought the sentencing was very fair," she said.

Depending on the wording of the actual order, "you may not, in any way, use the Internet" goes waaaaaay too far. Forget surfing at home - you also can't use ATMs, VoIP phones, Point of Sale terminals or grocery self-checkout lanes, taxis with interactive screens, ticket kiosks, etc. The Internet is literally everywhere these days.  A similar probation order in Massachusetts got overturned on appeal for exactly that reason.


No, it's not "everywhere".  A network isn't the same as The Internet.
Not one of those things you mention qualifies.
 
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