One of the formerly Anonymous hackers who helped expose the Steubenville rapists may actually serve more jail time than the rapists themselves… You can read more about this on the following (admittedly biased/motivated) sites: here and here.
Once something has been posted on a social media site, haven’t you given up all of your rights to privacy for that material? If Deric was responsibly for leaking the videos that were later introduced into evidence, and that evidence would have been part of the public record, where’s the problem? Deric only publicized something that other people posted online. Even if the videos had been taken down, even if the videos weren’t shared “publicly” and only between “friends” – why would there be any expectation that those videos and posts would be “private”?
While the two rapists, because of their ages, will probably spend only a few years behind bars, the hacker who actually exposed the rapists could face a decade. There’s no doubt that hacking and hacking-type crimes pose very serious risks, and should have criminal penalties… but doesn’t this outcome just feel wrong?