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U.S. Supreme Court to consider limiting reach of computer fraud law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether to limit the type of conduct that can be prosecuted under a federal computer fraud law in a case it took up on Monday involving a former Georgia police officer convicted after agreeing to investigate whether a purported local stripper was an undercover cop.

FILE PHOTO: The exterior of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, U.S., as seen on September 16, 2019. REUTERS/Sarah Silbiger/File Photo

    The justices will hear Nathan Van Buren’s appeal of his conviction under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act for conducting a search of law enforcement records to dig up information for an acquaintance who gave him cash in return while serving as a police sergeant in the city of Cumming.

    Van Buren was convicted in 2017 on two federal charges arising from an FBI sting operation two years earlier and was sentenced to 18 months

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