ICE Agent Acquitted on Charges of Wrongly Using Crime Database

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Denver (AP) A federal immigration agent has been acquitted on charges he got information from a restricted criminal database that ended up in a campaign ad.

Cory Voorhis had been charged with exceeding his authorized access to government computers. He faced up to three years in prison if convicted.

A federal court jury returned a not-guilty verdict on Wednesday after deliberating two hours.

Prosecutors alleged Voorhis got information about plea deals that Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter made with illegal immigrants when he was Denver district attorney.

The information was used in a campaign ad run by Ritter’s opponent in the 2006 gubernatorial race, Republican Congressman Bob Beauprez. Mesa County Commissioner Janet Rowland ran as lieutenant governor on the GOP ticket.

Voorhis' attorneys say he was exercising his First Amendment rights.

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  • by Duane Location: Delta on Apr 9, 2008 at 09:59 PM
    I believe that if the information was accessible by the general public using the same source that Mr. Voorhis used then he has the right in doing so. However, if I was not able to have access to the information in the same manner that this guy used then he was wrong. This is the type world we live in. We wanted to have more access to information. Be it good or bad information we have that access. It is just to bad that there are people out there that will use the information for their own personal gain.
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