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Stanford grad pleads no contest in stalking case

Original post made on Jan 29, 2013

People say it's really hard to completely delete information from a computer. Erin Umberg, 28, is finding that the district attorney's office believes in that truism. She pleaded no contest on Friday, Jan. 25, for computer misuse dating back to 2007 that targeted at least two Menlo Park residents.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 9:05 AM

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Posted by stanfordfac
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Jan 29, 2013 at 2:08 pm

As a victim of a nearly identical crime several years ago, i am happy to see this case prosecuted. These malicious actions can destroy reputations and be incredibly stressful for the victims. In my case I had no idea who was doing this until we were able to identify the IP address of the company it was sent from through which i was able to identify the individual. It's annoying to see her attorney basically claim that the perpetrator was the victim, what BS. If that is the case, plead not guilty and let it go to trial.


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Posted by fedup
a resident of another community
on Jan 30, 2013 at 1:18 am

Is Stanford going to revoke her degree? I feel it would be the right thing to do, after all, do they want to put their 'seal of approval' saying that this person is a capable, trustworthy individual when she is obviously more interested in personal vendettas?


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Posted by Degrees of guilt
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jan 30, 2013 at 8:38 am

The last I heard, a Stanford degree (or any college degree) is just an indication of completion of required academic work. This woman apparently did complete her academic work. The criminal record associated with this transgression will unfortunately follow her around in her professional life. Revoking the degree would be too extreme. Maybe there is some nuance here I'm not catching, like she committed these acts on Stanford computers on campus.


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Posted by resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jan 30, 2013 at 10:13 am

The victim was a Stanford student, so presumably she was hacking his Stanford-owned accounts.


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Posted by resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jan 30, 2013 at 10:19 am

This has not been a good month for current and former Stanford students. In addition to this woman, another Stanford woman and her parents were busted for being a part of a burglary ring at the Stanford Shopping Center. And the Kwame Harris (Stanford class of 2003) incident in Menlo Park was just made public.


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Posted by FACT CHECKER
a resident of another community
on Jul 30, 2014 at 9:02 pm

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Jul 31, 2014 at 6:56 pm

Sounds like she'll make a great attorney! Look at all that real life experience in dealing with the law that she has. Many other law students lack this experience. I am sure it will serve her in the future.


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Posted by writer
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 1, 2014 at 10:13 am

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