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Not even a wrist slap for snoop who violated Joe the Plumber’s privacy

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By Michelle Malkin  •  October 15, 2009 10:48 AM

Ho hum. Government contractor abuses access to citizen’s confidential info. Left shrugs. Privacy invader gets a slap on the wrist. Crickets chirp:

A year ago tonight, “Joe the Plumber” entered America’s political consciousness.
Republican Sen. John McCain’s mention of the Toledo-area man during a presidential debate ultimately led to the downfall of an Ohio cabinet director for snooping in state computers for confidential information on “Joe.”

Nearly a year later, a former contractor for the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police has been charged with rummaging through a police computer network to retrieve personal information about Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher.

Brett A. Gerke, 52, of 2329 Woodcreek Place on the Far North Side, is charged with attempted unauthorized use of property, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Gerke entered a diversion program Oct. 2, which typically results in the dismissal of a criminal charge. He has not entered a plea.

Hat tip: JWF

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