November 11, 2005
Illegal Spyware Use Contributes to Attorney Discipline
In re Petition for Disciplinary Action against Kristine Katherine Trudeau, 2005 WL 3007005 (Minn. Nov. 7, 2005).
In matters not involving client representations, Trudeau "pled guilty to gross misdemeanor interference with a 911 call and misdemeanor unauthorized computer access by installing and using an email spyware program. Respondent also violated a harassment restraining order and orders for protection, made false statements to police officers while intoxicated, and filed frivolous litigation against one of the persons she harassed."
As punishment for these misdeeds, Trudeau's law license was indefinitely suspended (but for a minimum of 30 months) plus other assorted sanctions such as getting substance abuse counseling. The law license suspension is in addition to any punishment she received under the criminal law system (and there could be civil liability as well). I couldn't easily find any more information about the underlying spyware conviction--if you have any information on that, I'd be grateful.
Posted by Eric at November 11, 2005 09:40 AM | Legal Industry
Trudeau pled guilty to unauthorized computer access, a misdemeanor under Minn. Stat. sec. 609.891 subd. 1 and 4 in Carver County, MN. She e-mailed an off-the-shelf keylogger, eBlaster, to an acquaintance.
609.891 subd 1: A person is guilty of unauthorized computer access if the person intentionally and without authority attempts to or does penetrate a computer security system.
Posted by: schwartzx2 at November 15, 2005 03:02 PM