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Hacker Gets One Year for Tapping Judge's E-mail

A Baldwin Township man who was convicted of hacking into the e-mail of the Allegheny County judge handling his divorce was sentenced Friday in federal court to one year and one day in prison. Chief U.S. District Judge Donetta W. Ambrose ordered Brian T. Ferguson, 43, immediately taken into custody and called him “a prime candidate for mental health counseling.” Ferguson, of Dewalt Drive, was convicted on three counts of hacking into the America Online e-mail account of Common Pleas Judge Kim D. Eaton. Ambrose said Ferguson’s computer use should be restricted or monitored during his five years of supervised release after prison. Eaton testified in January that Ferguson appeared before her in April 2002 and handed her several e-mail messages she had written to friends and relatives. Full Story

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