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SMC hosts lecture on cybercrime

Published 10:51pm Monday, June 11, 2012

Southwestern Michigan College hosts “Cyberspace Minefields,” a free lecture on cybercrimes at 7 p.m. June 19 in the theater of the Student Activity Center on the Dowagiac campus.

Patrick Corbett, a former member of the Michigan Attorney General’s Office and an expert on cybercrimes, will discuss how Michigan laws both protect and could be used to prosecute young people and adults for their conduct online and through high-tech devices, such as smartphones.

By using realistic and practical hypotheticals involving bullying, sexting and voyeurism, Corbett will explore the reach of the assorted cyber laws in Michigan.

Corbett teaches criminal law, criminal procedure and computer crimes at Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing.

After graduating from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1987, Corbett served as a judicial law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Horace W. Gilmore.

He then served as a federal prosecutor for 10 years, as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Corbett worked in the general crimes unit, prosecuting cases involving firearms, drug trafficking, bank robberies, kidnappings, mail theft, counterfeiting, embezzlement and alien smuggling as well as the economic crimes unit.

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