Elitetorrents Operator Gets Jail Time

Elitetorrents was shutdown over a year ago. Grant Stanley, age 23, was the main operator of Elitetorrents. Elitetorrents was one of the most popular private BitTorrent trackers a couple years back. Unfortunately, it was based out of the United States.

Anyway, Grant has been sentenced to 5 months in prison, and 5 months of home detention on top of that. He also has to pay a $3000 fine for his involvement with Elitetorrents.

Torrentfreak has more on this story. Here’s a bit from their article:

This ruling is the first BitTorrent related conviction in the US. Stanley pleaded guilty earlier this year to “conspiracy to commit copyright infringement” and “criminal copyright infringement”. He is one of the three defendants in the Elitetorrents operation better known as “Operation D-Elite”.

Des Moines Bans Sex Offenders

Mike Pechar has a post at Conservative Thinking (also at Interested-Participant) speaking of towns banning sexual offenders. I had heard a little talk of this lately, but didn’t realize it was basically going on in my backyard.

The city of Des Moines is banning sex offenders from living within the city. Enforcement of the ordinance in Des Moines is set to begin this month. It makes me very happy to see this happening in Des Moines, instead of halfway across the country like is usually the case.

Finally, the nation has a reason other than primaries to watch Iowa. Head on over to Conservative Thinking and have a look.

It’s highly odd that I didn’t know about this going on in Des Moines. It’s sad that bloggers not even living in this state are able to inform me of this before my local media does. Mike Pechar (and Chris Short too) are obviously on-top of things a lot more than I am. The Des Moines Register has an article.

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