►A man authorities say is the leader of a movie recording gang was handed down the longest sentence ever imposed for a file sharing case. Jeramiah Perkins, 40, was sentenced to 60 months in prison for running the group IMAGiNE. IMAGiNE would record films with a camcorder and release them while movies were still in theaters. The group was known for the quality and volume of movies it released illegally. IMAGiNE sought “to be the premier group to first release to the internet copies of new motion pictures only showing in movie theaters,” Wired reports from the official indictment.
►A lawyer in Colorado unsuccessfully argued that because his client had no friends on Facebook, the threats he posted on the social networking site were not received by anyone. Kenneth Royal Wheeler is accused of calling for people to kill Grand Junction police officers and attack a day care center on his Facebook page. His lawyer asked the judge to suppress the evidence gleaned from Facebook. “The search warrant asked Facebook for information about anyone that Wheeler had ever communicated with,” The Denver Post reports. Wheeler’s lawyer says with no Facebook friends, he wasn’t communicating with anybody. The judge, a non-Facebook user, refused the request. The charges against Wheeler come from an incoherent March 12 rant where Wheeler that starts, “STARDRAGON celestial overide contingency 2 7 A release the P. A. E. virus in America” and ends with “kill cops. drown them in the blood of thier children [sic]”
►After reviewing inauguration security plans, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) says there shouldn’t be a repeat of problems from the last inauguration where ticket holders were kept from watching the event because of crowd control issues. This year there will also be additional magnetometers for screening ticket holders faster. Norton also says there will be an extensive social media campaign leading up to the event to provide the public with traffic updates and an official list of prohibited items. Last year there were no arrests during the inauguration despite two million people showing up DC for the event.
►In other news, read about the The Biological Defence Centre, the remote facility where patients “who contract the world's most dangerous viruses or fall victim to a biological terrorist attack,” are sent for treatment. ♦ The number of programs that use inmates to train service dogs is growing, the Associated Press reports. ♦ The Atlanta airport was shut down for more than an hour Friday morning after an electric toothbrush in luggage checked on an AirTran flight began to vibrate.