Verdict Snubs Spyware Defense

The latest court case involving spyware that has all the online world talking is quite a bit different from the other legal cases we've told you about.

The buzz is over a controversial guilty verdict that was handed down to American substitute teacher Julie Amero, who was accused of exposing her 7th grade students to pornography by allegedly accessing pornographic images on a classroom computer in October 2004.

Amero, who was convicted on four counts of risk of injury to a minor, could face up to 40 years in prison, if the maximum penalty is doled out for each charge.

Amero's defense contended that the teacher had no control over the incident because spyware on her computer caused a loop of pornographic pop-ups to barrage her screen.

Many in the tech community have been critical of the verdict, citing that Amero could very well have been the victim of adware.

Take a look at some of the other issues that were reportedly involved in the case before you make your own decision.