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Drew case could expand computer fraud law

Lori Drew could end up with a three-year prison sentence for her role in a teenager’s suicide. And the legal tentacles of her case could reach people as disparate as young Google users, angry corporate executives and St. Louis Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa. Drew was convicted under a novel application of the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a law previously used largely to prosecute computer hackers. The application in this case could become a boon for prosecutors — and a nightmare for privacy and free-speech advocates.

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