Hacking Conviction Survives Bad Jury Instructions: Justices

Law360, New York (January 25, 2016, 10:27 AM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court held Monday that a shipping executive sentenced to five years in prison for hacking his former employer can't parlay erroneous jury instructions into an acquittal, rejecting his claim that those instructions meant the federal government had to meet a higher burden of proof than required by law.

The justices' opinion holds that the shipping executive has to be held accountable to the letter of the law, not faulty jury instructions. (Credit: Law360) In a unanimous decision, the high court rejected former Exel Transportation Services Inc. CEO Michael Musacchio's claim that prosecutors had to abide by the incorrect...

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