WHO@ Newsletter - November 28, 2011

I couldn't make this up if I tried...Low quality spares pot grower jail

Prosecutors in Sweden said a man on trial for growing marijuana was spared jail due to the low quality of his plants.

The Varmland court heard the 35-year-old man had grown the plants at his home for his personal use before they were discovered by police and he was arrested, The Local reported Friday.

However, tests conducted on the plants found very low levels of Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the main active ingredient in marijuana, so the man was spared a prison sentence, prosecutors said.

"That's an evaluation that the court will make. If (the drugs) don't work, it could lead to a milder sentence," said Sara Malmhester of the Swedish Prosecution Authority. "The level (of THC) in the drugs affects the sentence, since a better plant produces more of the drug to be abused."

Prosecutor Ludmila Pronko said it was "reasonable" to spare prison in this case.

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Home Office official suspended over Katherine Jenkins cyber stalking claims - 11/27/11
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UK paedophile with HIV, 30, caught in police sting after arranging online to have sex with children - 11/26/11
A paedophile with HIV who arranged online to have sex with three young children has been jailed after not realising he was talking to an undercover policeman. Steven King, who worked in the accounts department in a solicitors' office, made the two hour journey from his home thinking he was going to abuse the children aged five, six and 10.

Facebook faces a crackdown on selling users' secrets to advertisers - 11/26/11
The European Commission is planning to stop the way the website "eavesdrops" on its users to gather information about their political opinions, sexuality, religious beliefs – and even their whereabouts. Using sophisticated software, the firm harvests information from people's activities on the social networking site – whatever their individual privacy settings – and make it available to advertisers.

Police say man faces cyberstalking charges after making Facebook threats - 11/25/11
Deputies with the St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office arrested Ross Alexander, 30, St. Martinville, Nov. 23 for allegedly threatening two St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office narcotic agents via Facebook.

Morehead man indicted for cyberstalking - 11/25/11
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Review after cleaner 'contacted patient' on Facebook - 11/25/11
A full review of security has been carried out by NHS Lothian after a hospital cleaner allegedly used information about a female patient to contact her on Facebook.

Drugmaker Merck challenges Facebook after 'losing' page - 11/25/11
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‘We don’t need that rat!’ Women weighing 20 and 22 stone tell how they became friends after disastrous relationships with love cheat who 'preys on the vulnerable' - 11/25/11
Two 20-stone women targeted by a philanderer with a fetish for overweight lovers have joined forces and dumped him from their lives. Angry Amanda Hart, who at 20-stone is two stones lighter than her one-time love rival Michelle Flack, says her ex used her weight as a way of controlling her when she was at her lowest.

The holidaymakers' blackmail: Hotel guests using threat of poor TripAdvisor reviews to demand free upgrades and refunds - 11/23/11
Guests are using the threat of a bad review on TripAdvisor to blackmail hotels into giving discounts or upgrades – even when there is nothing wrong with their stay, according to owners. Among the claims, by about 80 hotel and bed-and-breakfast owners, is the case of a guest threatening to write a poor review if they did not receive a 50 per cent discount.

College Place woman gets 7 years for 10 crimes - 11/23/11
A College Place woman convicted in a jury trial last month of 10 crimes including cyberstalking and making bomb threats to local judges was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison. At the urging of the prosecution, an unrepentant Kathy A. Hendrickson was ordered to serve the top end of the standard sentencing range of 63-84 months she faced. She also was placed on a year of community custody, a form of probation, after her release.

Naperville man found guilty in NIU cyber stalking case - 11/22/11
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International Cyber-Stalker Attacks Former Binghamton Man - 11/22/11
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Woman jailed for stealing $1 million from Mark Twain House - 11/22/11
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Gamers caught in Xbox cyber fraud - 11/22/11
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