Like him or not, Andrew "Weev" Auernheimer has been at the center of a legal maelstrom ever since he helped collect email addresses of 114,000 iPad owners that AT&T left unsecured and shared the news with Gawker in 2010. In November 2012, he was found guilty of identity fraud and conspiracy to access a computer without authorization. In March 2013, he was ordered to pay $73,000 and was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison. And today, the verdict that put weev behind bars has been reversed.
In his words, he was arrested for "arithmetic" -- all he claims to have done was fiddle with a URL and spilled the beans about what he found. Here's the thing though: Weev isn't free because his legal team artfully conveyed the distinction between hacking and incrementing a number at the end of a URL. He's free because the Third Circuit Court of Appeals decided he (who lived in Fayetteville, Arkansas at the time) wasn't tried in the right court.