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Prosecution Drops Case Against Xbox 360 Modder

by Shane McGlaun

I think once you buy something you should be able to change it and modify it all you want. That means if you want to hack your Xbox to run homebrew software you should be able to. One Xbox 360 modder named Matthew Crippen found himself in court for allegedly modding Xbox consoles to allow the playing of pirated games and home brew software.

The charges were serious and Crippen faced as much as a decade in prison if convicted. The fly in the ointment for the prosecution came before the trial got started with the judge presiding over the case lecturing the prosecution. Apparently, the key video evidence of Crippen modding the consoles in his home was obtained in an illegal method.

After the judge chewed out the prosecution, they opted to drop the charges “based on fairness and justice.” I just don’t get it, we have rapists and drug dealers running around the country and we are actually trying to put people away for modding game consoles. Sometimes I wonder where the legal system went wrong. At least in this case, justice prevailed and the charges were dropped.

[Via Wired]

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