There is light at the end of the tunnel for Julie Amero, the US-based substitute teacher who was convicted for pornographic pictures that popped up on her classroom computer – a judge yesterday granted a new trial.
Amero was facing up to 40 years in prison under the conviction that many in the industry labelled as made in ignorance.
The new ruling came after the computer in question was sent to a state laboratory and was it was found that findings from that examination could contradict evidence previously presented by the state's computer expert.
Amero was accused of access pornographic sites on the computer, and allowing the children in the class to catch site of unsuitable images.
Since the original conviction in January, computer experts have come forward to say that the old computer lacked firewall or spyware protection.