Come January, hacker cause c�l�bre Kevin Mitnick will be a free man. In fact, by late today he could be moving out of a federal prison and into a halfway house.

The Los Angeles district attorney’s office on Friday dropped its six-year-old hacking case against Mitnick and in the process removed a hold that had prevented Mitnick from being released. Deputy District Attorney Daniel Bershin acknowledged both that Mitnick had been mischarged and that he had been the victim of an overzealous prosecution.