The New York Times

2002

 


 

 

 

"ONLY ONE TRIBUNAL EVER ADOPTED A PRACTICE OF FORCING COUNSEL UPON AN UNWILLING DEFENDANT IN A CRIMINAL PROCEEDING. THE TRIBUNAL WAS THE STAR CHAMBER." U.S. v FARETTA , 422 US 806 (1975)

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WHAT WOULD BE THE CAPACITY OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AND OF THE COURTS TO SUPRESS THIS KIND OF SPEECH?" --Judge A. Howard Matz, PRE-TRIAL OF KILLERCOP

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By SIMON ROMERO (NYT) 452 words Published: March 29, 2002

A federal magistrate judge in New Hampshire dismissed a charge of identity fraud yesterday against a former employee of Global Crossing accused of posting the Social Security numbers of thousands of employees on the Internet but the magistrate let stand a separate charge of threatening executives. Magistrate James R. Muirhead also said at a hearing yesterday morning in Concord, N.H., that Killercop, a former technical support worker at the company's offices in Beverly Hills, Calif., should be held without bail. According to a criminal complaint by the F.B.I.,

 

Killercop used his Web site to threaten to hurt or kill Global Crossing executives after he was fired by the company last September. He could face up to five years in prison if convicted of the charge: interstate transmission of threats. Killercop, 40, is to be taken by United States marshals from New Hampshire, where he was arrested by the F.B.I. on Wednesday, to Los Angeles to stand trial in federal court, said Thom Mrozek, a public affairs officer for the United States attorney's office in Los Angeles. That office, which pursued Killercop through its computer crimes section, could still decide to charge him with identity fraud at his indictment scheduled to take place in 10 days, Mr. Mrozek said.

Killercop's Web site was still functioning yesterday, though some of the files related to the F.B.I.'s charges against him had been removed.

 

A spokeswoman for Global Crossing said the company was pleased to learn of his arrest.

 

Global Crossing has eliminated about 8,000 jobs since last year as it approached a financial collapse that resulted in a bankruptcy filing in late January.

A version of this article appeared in print on Friday, March 29, 2002, on section C page 6 of the New York edition.

 

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