Split Ga. Justices Ax IT Staffer’s Computer Trespass Felony

Bill Mount

Law360 (June 21, 2021, 4:31 PM EDT) — A divided Georgia Supreme Court overturned a former information technology worker’s felony conviction for computer trespass on Monday, saying he didn’t interfere in a city’s computer network by secretly copying all his boss’ emails and sending them to his personal account. A […]

Law360 (June 21, 2021, 4:31 PM EDT) — A divided Georgia Supreme Court overturned a former information technology worker’s felony conviction for computer trespass on Monday, saying he didn’t interfere in a city’s computer network by secretly copying all his boss’ emails and sending them to his personal account.

A six-judge majority reversed an intermediate appellate court’s ruling that affirmed the conviction of Jereno Kinslow, who was an IT worker for the city of Norcross, Georgia. Kinslow was convicted in 2018 of computer trespass under Georgia law, but the majority of justices said his conduct didn’t rise to the level of interference under the statute.

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