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U.S. Supreme Court denies cert in spam case

The U.S. Supreme Court won’t review the dismissal of the felony spam convictions of Jeremy Jaynes.

The Supreme Court of Virginia had upheld his convictions and nine-year prison term on a 4-3 vote in February 2008 but reversed them unanimously in September.

Considered to be among the top 10 spammers at the world at the time of his arrest, Jaynes did not dispute that he distributed unsolicited commercial bulk e-mails.

But the state Supreme Court ultimately agreed that the Virginia law is so broadly written that it violated the ban on restrictions on anonymous speech, especially in political and religious contexts, because the law made no distinction between commercial and non-commercial speech.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s denial of certiorari took the form of a long list of cases today that the court said it will not hear. The list had nothing more than the style of the case and the case number.

By Alan Cooper

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