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The punishment fit the crime

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Aug 29, 2003

Imagine that you're the judge.

The jury has found the defendant guilty of launching one of those obnxious "worm" programs that send billions of annoying messages across the internet.

What do you think would be an appropriate sentence?

In grammar school, did the teacher ever make you write 100 times, "I will not..."?

Are you thinking what I'm thinking?

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: - Aug. 31, 2003 11:07 AM ET USA

    For Individuals Who Create-Worm programs that send billions of annoying messages across the Internet Restrict Their Computer Accessiblity and Usage

  • Posted by: - Aug. 29, 2003 12:34 PM ET USA

    My first reaction was to throw the book at this person, supposedly a young teen male that will be soon arrested. But then, given the direction our culture is going and the increasing pornification of the mass media and its hostility towards Christianity in general and the Catholic Church in particular, we may need a few worm makers in the future& Goliath has to have someone to fear, Achilles has to have its tendon.