The CFAA meets the “cannibal cop” in the Second Circuit — and maybe beyond

Orin Kerr writes:

The Second Circuit held oral argument Tuesday in United States v. Valle, widely known as the “Cannibal Cop” case. There was a ton of media attention about this case at trial, including the trial judge’s decision to overturn the jury verdict for conspiracy to commit kidnapping on the ground that it was all a fantasy. HBO has already made a documentary about the case.

Amidst all this attention, the part of Valle that I care about — and that worries me — has flown under the radar. I’m referring to the defendant’s appeal from the one count on which Valle was convicted: A violation of the computer hacking statute, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

Read more on The Volokh Conspiracy.

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