Further evidence that our individuals rights are descending into absolute nihility has surfaced with a case of invasion of privacy and Joe the Plumber. Brett A. Gerke, a former contractor for the Ohio Association of Chief of Police, has been charged with the unlawful usage of state computers for the sole purpose of acquiring confidential information on "Joe the Plumber." This specific charge is a first-degree misdemeanor that is punishable by up to six months in jail. As of this writing Mr. Gerke has not entered a plea and his attorney would not comment on the case.
Representatives of the State Highway Patrol state that on October 16th of 2008 Mr. Gerke logged onto a law-enforcement computer network and accessed personal information of one, Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher. A test account and password, which he received to work on the Ohio Local Law Enforcement Information Sharing Network as a project manager, were used to procure personal information on Wurzelbacher, as well as others.
As many of you recall Helen Jones-Kelley, director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, had authorized multiple computer checks on Wurzelbacher. It had been concluded by the State Inspector General that these actions had no legal purpose. Some time later Jones-Kelley resigned after being initially suspended by the state Governor for using her state email account to raise campaign funds for Barack Obama.
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