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The former lawyer caught hacking into her ex-employer’s computer network was given probation and community service during sentencing. Judge James Emerson said Gail Easton, who resigned her bar membership late last year while facing charges of lying on the witness stand, has suffered enough professionally as a result of People v. Easton. Easton was sentenced to three years of probation and 150 hours of community service after pleading no contest to charges she lied on the witness stand. The charges stemmed from her May 1998 trial for breaking into a computer system owned by Palo Alto attorney David Spangenberg. Defense lawyer Philip Schnayerson, a partner at Hayward’s Garcia & Schnayerson, said his client just wanted to get on with the rest of her life: “Enough is enough, why beat a dead horse?” Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Frank Berry said Easton’s destroyed legal career is perhaps punishment enough but said he doubts the ordeal taught Easton any lessons. “She certainly doesn’t present a menace to society, but it’s also my belief that she’s learned nothing,” Berry said.

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