Julie Amero, a substitute teacher at a Connecticut middle school, didn’t know how to get rid of pornography that popped up on a classroom computer. Convicted of exposing children to pornography, her conviction was thrown out a year ago. But the DA hasn’t dropped the charges, leaving her in legal limbo. Let’s End Teacher’s Long Nightmare, argues a Hartford Courant columnist.
Perhaps overworked state prosecutors are too busy to file the paperwork to abandon the case. It’s more likely that this is all an elaborate face-saving maneuver that must slowly unwind so that nobody will ever look bad.
The truth is that Amero, nearly a computer illiterate, was a victim of malicious software that had taken over her PC, thanks to the school district’s failure to update its technology. A team of computer security experts from around the country, drawn to the case by reports of Amero’s conviction, proved without a doubt that Amero was a victim of “spyware” and the inability of anyone to take an objective look at the case
Perhaps the DA is stalling in hopes of cutting a deal with Amero to forestall a massive lawsuit.
I’ve signed the Justice for Julie petition.
Via I Speak of Dreams.
Update: A Florida elementary school’s web site inadvertently linked to a pornography site.