How did a local scandal become a federal issue? As The Topeka Capital-Journal puts it, "The e-mails crossed state lines and through several jurisdictions by traveling over the Internet through servers in California and Virginia." That was enough to trigger the interstate commerce clause of the Constitution, and the feds charged Schaffer with wire fraud.
I wonder how many other cases could be made federal using this interstate commerce clause?
Msg#: 3984102 posted 3:38 am on Sep 8, 2009 (gmt 0)
A legal precedent that we really don't need. I sit here trying to think of where the transmission of data, by itself, should escalate something to a federal crime and I must admit that I can not think of a single one.