<![CDATA[ <![CDATA[This morning, Fidel Salinas entered a guilty plea to one misdemeanor violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). When Tor Ekeland P.C. entered Mr. Salinas case on a pro bono basis he was facing a 44 felony count Indictment for various computer crimes. Tor Ekeland, working alongside Firm partner Meredith Heller and local counsel Alma Garza and Shawn Tuma sucessfully negotiated a resolution of Mr. Salinas' Indictment down to a single misdemeanor count. Sentencing is scheduled for February 2, 2015 in the Southern District of Texas. Over two years ago, the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office (“HCSO”) executed a Hidalgo County search warrant at Mr. Salinas’ wife’s family’s residence. HSCO executed the warrant in response to a reported computer security breach of the Hidalgo County website. While executing the search warrant, HSCO detained and interrogated Mr. Salinas, inquiring about his political affiliations, and interest in information security research and the online hacktivist group “Anonymous.” After HSCO executed the first search warrant, they enlisted the FBI for help investigating Mr. Salinas. On October 1, 2013, almost two years after the case was initiated, a federal criminal complaint was filed against Mr. Salinas charging one count of knowing transmission of a code with the intent to cause damage to a protected computer under 18 U.S.C. § 1030(a)(5)(A). Almost seven months later, on April 2, 2014, Mr. Salinas was indicted again when the government brought a superseding indictment charging him with a total of 14 counts of various felonies related to computer fraud, including conspiracy, unauthorized access, and damage under the CFAA. On April 29, 2014, the government superseded again, this time with a 44-count indictment, exposing Mr. Salinas to over 400 years in prison. The additional charges brought in the second superseding indictment all related to 18 U.S.C. § 2261A, commonly known as the “cyberstalking” statute. Upon learning of the Indictment, Tor Ekeland P.C. took the case on pro bono. On September 16, 2014, the government superseded the indictment a third time, reducing the charges against Mr. Salinas to a total of 16 counts. Alongside local counsel, Tor Ekeland, P.C. negotiated with the government while at the same time preparing for trial. As a result of these negotiations, this morning Mr. Salinas accepted a plea to one misdemeanor violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”). U.S. v. Salinas, 130CR-01439 (S.D. Texas, McAllen Division)]]]]><![CDATA[> ]]>
Webinar Invite: Michael Hassard joins a virtual panel on Intellectual Property and Smart Contracts – Oct 20, 2022 3pm ET
Firm Associate Michael Hassard will be part of a virtual panel discussion on on Intellectual Property (IP), Smart Contracts, Branding, and Usage Rights. October 20, 2022 at 3pm Eastern. Sign up to attent.