Today, the Ninth Circuit issued an important en banc decision
, Lori Drew, who was charged with violating MySpace's terms of service by creating a fake page that her daughter used to bully a neighbor. Today's ruling rejects that interpretation. And if you're interested in substantive discussion of the ruling, see here
What caught my eye was the Ninth Circuit's reasoning that a simple violation of a TOS, for example on Craigslist or eHarmony, cannot be a federal crime because such conduct is so prevalent:
Under the government’s proposed interpretation of the CFAA, posting for sale an item prohibited by Craigslist’s policy, or describing yourself as 'tall, dark and handsome,' when you’re actually short and homely, will earn you a handsome orange jumpsuit.
This is near-perfect legal writing. It is intelligent, but simple. It resonates universally, from non-legal types to jurors, lawyers, judges, anyone. And I say that while using my employer's computer for personal use as I type this very sentence--contrary to the my employer's policies. Come and get me Federalis!