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Retrial set for Internet hate mail case

Internet freedom graphic December 2, 1997
Web posted at: 3:49 p.m. EST (2049 GMT)

SANTA ANA, California (CNN) -- Federal prosecutors announced Tuesday they would retry Richard Machado, the man accused of sending threatening messages on the Internet.

Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office in Santa Ana, said prosecutors would retry Machado on 10 civil rights violations for allegedly sending hate e-mail to Asian students at UC Irvine.

Federal District Judge Alice Marie Stotler set the retrial for January 27 and ordered Machado to be held without bond, in part because he fled the country after his original indictment.

The jury in Machado's first trial was deadlocked.


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