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FEDs Dropped Prosecution Charges Against Xbox-Modding Case Mid-Trial

Federal authorities in the first-of-its-kind game-console–modding criminal trial abruptly dropped their prosecution on Thursday, “based on fairness and justice.” Prosecutor Chiu moved to dismiss the case, conceding that the government had made errors in its prosecution.

“The government has decided to dismiss the indictment,” prosecutor Allen Chiu told the judge shortly before the jury was to be seated on the third day of trial.”

The announcement came a day after a whirlwind of legal jockeying in the case against defendant Matthew Crippen, a 28-year-old Southern California man, who was arrested in August and charged with violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. According to charges levied against him; “Crippen was illegally modding game consoles, including the Xbox, PlayStation, and Wii, to play pirated games. Much to his detriment, Crippen was advertising his modding online and accepting payment for these services. He was charged with two counts of violating the DMCA and faced up to ten years in prison.”


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