Anonymous Frontman Barrett Brown's Mom Was Sentenced to Probation Today

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By most accounts, local Anonymous hacktivist Barrett Brown has a loving mother. In its detailed profile of Brown from a few years ago, D Magazine reported that Karen McCutchin had paid to get the carpet in his messy Uptown apartment shampooed before reporters visited.

And before FBI agents raided McCutchin's home last March with a search warrant, she hid her son's laptops in a kitchen cabinet. But while that last one might seem like another nice parent thing to do, prosecutors say that it counts as "obstructing the execution of a search warrant."

After pleading guilty to the charges in March, McCutchin was sentenced to probation today.

She had faced a maximum sentence of 12 months in prison and a $100,000 fine for the charges. At her sentencing today, McCutchin reportedly apologized in court for letting her "maternal instinct" cloud her judgement.

After his mother was first charged, Brown had posted a clip to YouTube in which he spoke about retaliating against FBI Agent Robert Smith. In response, FBI agents raided Brown's apartment and arrested him. He is now facing three separate indictments, including one for allegedly threatening a federal agent.

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MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

Just another example of what a twit this boob is.  First he breaks the law that every criminal with an IQ over 75 knows to never break:  making a public threat against a Federal officer and his/her family.  It is like Al Capone hand delivering his duplicate books to the Treasury guys.  Too hard to get me on the acts I've done, let me gift wrap a way to put my behind in prison.  Then he directly involves his family.  Dude, that is a code that no one breaks.  Why do you think James Caan, Robert DeNiro and every other portrayal of criminals state - Do not discuss the business with the family. 

She probably deserves probation, but the judge should not have let her slide with that remark "I'd do it again."  He needs to advise her to love her son, but remain clear of him if anything more than carving up the Thanksgiving turkey is at issue.    Her son has poor judgment  and cannot be trusted to protect her.  Pretty sad thing to say about a man, but true.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

It must be difficult to raise a Libertarian - always having to lie to protect them.


jamessavik
jamessavik

Typical "hactivist" lives with his Mommy

ryan762
ryan762

So now we know. holding on to your son's laptop to hide it from police? That's a crime.

Purposely hiding exculpatory evidence so an innocent man goes to prison for 25 years and a serial killer stays free to kill again? Not a crime.

I'm glad we've sorted that out this week.

TexMarine
TexMarine

Guilty in march, probation un November; all part of a plea. What's the point of this article? To say "its no big deal, its just hacking" delegitimizes your heroes hacktivism. So you have to concede the value of these laptops to the FBI, and then that legitimizes the charges.

substitute guns for laptops, or drugs, or kiddie porn, etc. Obstruction is obstruction. This is what you wanted, this is what you're getting.

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

Haven't seen anything about Silk Road, and the UT connection.in the DO... Brown is a piker compared to Ulbricht.

Voot
Voot

Looks like Barrett is practicing his approach to his prison daddy.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

I really wish y'all would choose a different photo of Barrett.

Tom434
Tom434

@ryan762 You are not going to like it, but Ken Anderson plead guilty last Friday and received 10 days, 500 hour of community service, $500 fine and disbarment.  I think the charge was felony tampering with evidence  Michael Morton was in the Courtroom     

Jaibird13
Jaibird13

@TexMarine I missed the "its no big deal, its just hacking" part somewhere. 

Don't get me wrong, you really do make a good point. I just don't see who you are responding to. I didn't see anything in the article that asserts the "no big deal" opinion on hacking, and I don't see it in the comments. 

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@P1Gunter 

This a the photo Barrett himself published to represent himself to the world.

It's only fair to use it for that purpose.

ryan762
ryan762

@Tom434 He pleaded guilty to contempt. He will have no criminal record from the incident and will keep his pension. While the charge was felony tampering (and some other things), those charges were all dismissed.

So, hiding evidence and railroading an innocent man into prison is not a crime. It's contempt of court, akin to not shutting off your cellphone while court is in session.

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