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Va. court overturns N.C. man's spam conviction

Posted September 12, 2008 1:18 p.m. EDT
Updated September 12, 2008 7:03 p.m. EDT

— The Virginia Supreme Court on Friday declared the state's anti-spam law unconstitutional.

The unanimous ruling reversed the conviction of a Raleigh man once considered one of the world's most prolific spammers. The court agreed with Jeremy Jaynes' claim that the anti-spam law violated free speech protections under the First Amendment.

In 2004, Jaynes became the first person in the country to be convicted of a felony for sending unsolicited bulk e-mail. Authorities claimed Jaynes sent up to 10 million e-mails a day from his home. He was sentenced to nine years in prison.

Jaynes was charged in Virginia because the e-mails went through an America Online server there.