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Court Rejects Spammer’s First Amendment Defense

RICHMOND, Va. (CN) - The Virginia Supreme Court voted 4-3 that a state law making it a crime for spammers to clog inboxes with unsolicited e-mail does not violate spammers' free-speech rights. The court upheld the felony conviction of Jeremy Jaynes, the first spammer convicted under the Virginia Anti-Spam Act.

He was sentenced in 2004 to nine years in jail for sending more than 10,000 unsolicited e-mails within 24 hours to America Online subscribers.

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