Hacker hit with marijuana felony en route to SXSW

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  1. Hacker hit with marijuana felony en route to SXSW


    By Stephen C. Webster
    Friday, March 16, 2012 11:48 EDT




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    Topics: george hotz Hudspeth County Sheriff SXSW AUSTIN Texas


    AUSTIN, TEXAS - The first hacker to break through the security of Apple's iPhone and Sony's PlayStation 3 was arrested earlier this month while en route to Austin for an anticipated talk at this year's South by Southwest conference, police in a remote west Texas county have confirmed to Raw Story.

    George Hotz, 22, better known online as “Geohot,” was arrested on a state jail felony for just under a half-pound of marijuana, the Hudspeth County Sheriff's Office confirmed Thursday. News of his arrest was first carried by the Above the Law blog, which cited unnamed law enforcement sources.

    A Hudspeth County Sheriff spokesperson told Raw Story that Hotz appeared to be in for at least some measure of “pain” after he was stopped on March 9 at a Homeland Security checkpoint in Sierra Blanca and a drug-sniffing dog detected marijuana in the vehicle. He said the total came out to just under a half pound of the drug, which is a state jail felony that carries a fine up to $4,000 and a possible year behind bars.


    Hotz was in legal trouble last year as well, after Sony sued him for cracking the security on the PlayStation 3 game console. They settled with Hotz after suffering a major hack by the online collective “Anonymous,” which exposed hundreds of thousands of users' private information and reportedly cost the company billions of dollars due to the resulting month of network downtime. Members of “Anonymous” claimed they were reacting to Sony's case against Hotz, which they called an attempt at censorship. He was later hired by Facebook.

    The Above the Law blog claims that Hotz holds a medical marijuana license from California, and was carrying only a quarter-ounce of marijuana and several chocolate truffles infused with the plant's active ingredients. Officers confirmed to Raw Story that he did indeed have marijuana-infused truffles, but did not elaborate on whether the weight of the chocolate counted against him.

    If he'd been charged with possessing just over a quarter-ounce, it would actually lower his offense to a Class B misdemeanor, which incurs a mandatory arrest but no lengthy jail term, and a fine of just $500.

    The sheriff's spokesperson also told Raw Story that the marijuana was in a series of bags, which could pose even more legal problems for Hotz if authorities decide to pursue claims that he intended to distribute the drug. Prosecutors in Texas can do that if officers discover contraband substances in multiple containers.

    Hudspeth County has become notorious for its checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, where drug arrests are made regularly. Although allegedly an immigration checkpoint, drug-sniffing dogs are always present during operating hours, and they've caught other famous faces on the road from California to Texas.

    Rapper Snoop Dog, for one, was caught there just earlier this year after authorities claimed they found a small quantity of marijuana on his tour bus. Legendary country artist Willie Nelson, as well, was also facing charges in Hudspeth County from an arrest in 2010.


    One hopeful item for Hotz: C.R. “Kit” Bramblett, the county attorney in Hudspeth, told Raw Story last year that he wants to see marijuana decriminalized.
    Raw Story was unable to reach Hotz for comment.
     
  2. what the fuck is homeland security doing busting pot heads?

    Homeland security checkpoint? thats fucking scarey fuck those fucking assholes, i knew their gaze wouldn't be focused on terrorists for long
     
  3. Americas idea of a criminal is so distorted.
    The effects of putting normal people in jail along with felons has to be detrimental to our society.

    :(
     
  4. This is so ridiculous. I bet they added the weight of the edibles to the overall weight of weed they charged him with.

    They do this with cultivation in Texas also, they will charge them for cultivation and possession, then weigh the entire plants roots and all and add to the possession weight.
     
  5. yea they got a half pound... and the other car with 100+pounds got through..
     
  6. #7 aPersonUponaHill, Mar 19, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2012
    Normally an event like this would be sad but I hate him since he is the main reason for the PS3 outage and theft of personal information. I know people who will say "oh it was Sony who caused it by their actions." but no it wasnt. Just because you dont want to pay for games, or you want to hack and cheat online(which ruins the game for others) doesnt justify the actions of geohot or anon. Plus the users were just as hurt as Sony; I hope he gets the max for what he was carrying even though he wont because he has plenty of money and knows plenty of good lawyers.
     
  7. You don't really understand much.. no point in arguing with ya. :wave:
     

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