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Being Julie Amero

Robert McMillan | Nov. 27, 2008
If there's a poster child for the dangers of spyware, it's Julie Amero.

Amero: Jurors saw things on the wall [images displayed by the prosecution in the courtroom] that were huge pictures. They said I didn't do enough to protect the children. I went for help; I don't know what more I could have done.

IDGNS: How did you feel after the verdict?

Amero: I felt like, 'I'm going to die. I'm going to go to jail.' I walked out of there looking to find me a new toothbrush to take to jail. I was in bed for a week or so, crying. My husband had to stay home with me. My family came to me, and we thought I was going to jail. And then out of nowhere, Alex popped up.

IDGNS: Alex Eckelberry, the CEO of Sunbelt Software.

Amero: He's my shining star. He hangs on my wall at my home.

IDGNS: Does he really?

Amero: There's a picture of him there. My husband even blew it up.

IDGNS: When did you start feeling like you might have a chance that you might get out of all of this?

Amero: Once the compilation of all the records and the trial transcripts were sent to Alex. They were like, 'It shows here this, this and this, but they said you did this, this and this. That's wrong.' They started giving me little pieces of hope. It moved on from there. I started feeling better daily.

IDGNS: Tell me about the day your guilty verdict was set aside.

Amero: That day I felt vindicated. I felt that there was hope. Now the world sees that there was erroneous testimony on [the prosecution's] part. Now the world will see it

IDGNS: So what did you do that day?

Amero: I came home with my husband, and where we live we have an outdoor fire pit and a big yard facing the woods. We had a fire in the fire pit; we had a couple of beers and roasted marshmallows. I felt like it was the beginning of something new.

IDGNS: How do you feel about the way it ultimately resolved last Friday?

Amero: I'm not happy that I had to give up my teaching credentials, but that was part of the bargain. They wanted a pound of flesh; they got it.

IDGNS: So what are you going to do now?

Amero: I've been trying to keep calm for the last couple of days. A lot of calls have come in. People wanting to see or speak to me. A guy from New Zealand wants to come and do a documentary. I don't really know where to go with it. I'm kind of timid. I don't really know what to do.

 

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