Somebody needs a Pop Up Blocker
It was a remarkable occurrence in New London Superior Court Wednesday when a judge threw out the conviction of a 40-year-old Norwich woman who had allegedly exposed seventh-graders to pornography on a classroom computer.
This was a national news story, attracting attention from coast to coast, both when she was convicted, and again, when her case was overturned.
Substitute teacher Julie Amero had always professed her innocence, explaining that while students were working at the computer at the Kelly Middle School in Norwich in October 2004, pornographic images began to pop up and she was unable to prevent them.
...She was convicted as a felon, and was facing up to 40 years in prison Wednesday; one for each of the four counts of risk of injury to a minor of which she was convicted.
Then Wednesday Judge Hillary B. Strack-bein delivered a major surprise. She overturned the jury's conviction, citing new evidence presented belatedly by the state that suggested jurors received erroneous information. It was computer geeks who helped Ms. Amero.
...a forensic examination of the classroom computer conducted by the state after Ms. Amero's conviction revealed that the pornographic images observed in the classroom that day were indeed from pop-ups.
This from TheDay.com (Connecticut).