Barrett Brown's Mother Pleaded Guilty Last Week to Helping Her Son Hide Laptops from the FBI

Categories: Crime, Technology

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Barrett Brown's current stint in federal prison can be linked, in a way, to his mother. It was the FBI's treatment of her that prompted the YouTube rant and Twitter tirade in which Brown threatened a special agent and his family, which in turn led to the heavily armed raid on Brown's apartment and his arrest and indictment last year. Brown had been targeted by the feds for a while over Anonymous' hack of security firm Stratfor (e.g. sharing a link), but the initial arrest and indictment are directly traceable to his mom who, we learn today, could soon join her son in federal lockup.

Brown's mother, Karen McCutchin, pleaded guilty last week to
a charge of obstructing the execution of a search warrant.

The charge stems from a March 6 FBI raid on McCutchin's home that Brown has referenced repeatedly in his writings. The feds hadn't found all the computers they were looking for during a search of Brown's apartment that morning and Brown, located at his mother's house, refused to volunteer them. Agents returned with a search warrant several hours later but, McCutchin admits, she and Brown had hid them in the meantime.

The charges against McCutchin are hardly unexpected. It was threat of prosecution against his mother that seemed to really set Brown off, and her role in obstructing the FBI (she was referred to as "KM") was alluded to in Brown's indictment for concealing evidence.

McCutchin is not, like her son, facing 100-plus years in prison. Under the deal she struck with the feds, she faces a maximum sentence of 12 months in prison and a $100,000 fine. Sentencing has not yet been scheduled.



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aeackerman
aeackerman

being guilty often puts one in a disadvantageous position

saywhat
saywhat

@bvckvs  You seem to be the prejudice ignorant one here. You should behave well and wallow in your own stupidity. Your statements make no sense to any intelligent or informed person.

NO2SUBSERVIENCE
NO2SUBSERVIENCE

FBI/CIA murdered Kennedy, King, and who knows who else, nothing but psychopaths bullying people. Gotta wonder if their not in on making this country go insane, mass shootings, unethical GM terminator seeds, chemicals in the food supply, nutrient starved processed foods, causing autism, causing hosts of diseases, social problems......WE THE PEOPLE are disgusted with how this supposed  government treats its own people...enough is enough, get OUT OUR LIVES, no one OWNS or can COMMAND we the people except the creator, therefore, NO HARM DONE - NO CASE - MOTION TO DISMISS!

sbillinghurst
sbillinghurst

The key legal word is satisfaction.  The USA provided the aircraft carrier for Japan to sign upon, but'll  be satisfaction guaranteed.  Their signing dumped on every toothpick excepting formerly Imperial Emporer Hirohito, a cast to carry for all time.  "They will keep out of our baby now, begging us, for we have our leader.  Tonight, spaghetti!"  Among themsevs tehy so spoke on up high.

mcdallas
mcdallas

Meanwhile, JWP is a free man with no court date set.

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Just wait a while. The feebs wil be holding a laptop giveaway sometime again...

lenny.hills3
lenny.hills3

And to think there are rapists and murderers who serve next to no time. This is all very Orwellian.

lenny.hills3
lenny.hills3

This is so fucked up. We're under attack by our own Government. Prison planet.

deadringer
deadringer

I think the general consensus should be after this FBI activity,  to throw the FBI in prison.  So there you have it folks,  they even go after your family - it is time to shut down the FBI.  They are a menace to civil society.

validemailisvalid
validemailisvalid

Is a youtube video and sharing a link, and hiding a laptop worth 100 years in federal prison?   Thats what barrett is facing..   Is hiding a laptop worth 100,000 fine and 12 months in federal prison?  Thats what his mother is facing.  WHERE ARE THE VICTIMS OF THESE "CRIMES" ?!?!! WAKE UP YOU SHEEPLE.

ignitethenight
ignitethenight

What mother wouldn't protect her son whom is being pursued by armed thugs for a victimless crime? They (the thugs, the ones who are scared of losing control) should offer him a deal to work for them as a computer securities expert (he'd likely refuse - and for good reason). This is disgusting - I am appalled. Sticking with that sound - I applaud his mother for choosing love over fear. God be with you.

PolymathPoet
PolymathPoet

and we as a people don't overthrow our government because why? cuz we're afraid? afraid of what? we're bound to get thrown into jail either way for exercising or protecting our constitutional rights. what's to fear? die fighting for righteous causes and humanity's sake i say. overthrow the United States government. it's legal, you know, as long as you don't use force. ballet slippers and magic markers won't cut it. it's okay for them to torture and kill you without a trial for exposing war crimes. wake up america. this is the sugar in your coffee.

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MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

Though we have people ranging from this loser to our own District Attorney that think otherwise, playing games with a piece a paper signed by a judge is a very stupid exercise.  Too many people think life does not have absolutes and they can skirt the edges.  No one will mind.  A writ signed by a judge is about as absolute and final as it gets.

ruddski
ruddski

I have a sneaking feeling this is all a waste of the taxpayer's dollar.

MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

@validemailisvalid His charges stem from Threatening a Federal official by name with physical harm. That law goes back to George Washington so skip the hogwash about tyrannical government. Then he compounded that dumb move that making another dumb move with the legal search, a law that goes back to the Middle Ages. As gpfar as being a computer security expert, I doubt it. It is a very stupid person that is in way over his head. Take the shovel from his hands would seem the first order of business. The hole he made is deep enough to bury him.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@ignitethenight they will, after a while.  Once he becomes desolate, they'll bring him in, pay him a pittance and he'll live his whole life under surveillance

sbillinghurst
sbillinghurst

@MikeWestEast As about as absolute a certainty most ever seen, damn piece of paper signed by a judge, and you right.  There is a clear choice what to do no matter if there is a gun to your head.  Like in, "Kill Bill", Black Mamba, that's Michael Madsen, goes to Uma's character, "Now, I'm goina bury you.  But, it's up to you if it is with a face fulla mace, or with a flashlight."

We are drug users and have shooters and snorters.  I don't believe a person is an object.  Their mind is more what they do than what they are.  We all use different sets of works.

saywhat
saywhat

@bvckvs You should take off your dress and end your tea party... you seem to be the little biatch here..

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