Back in 2015, we launched a petition urging our United States government to sign the BOTS Act (aka Better Online Ticket Sales Act) effectively criminalizing the use of ticket bot software to hack websites and purchase tickets before average consumers. At the time, the bill was being pushed by Senator Chuck Schumer, and his influenced helped Governor Andrew Cuomo sign similar legislation into law for New York State.Shortly thereafter, Congress actually passed the BOTS Act through both houses, sending it off to President Obama for his approval. Today, we’ve learned that the BOTS Act has been officially enacted into federal law!The summary for the new act explains that it “prohibits the circumvention of control measures used by Internet ticket sellers to ensure equitable consumer access to tickets for certain events.” The new legislation even allows the federal government to file civil lawsuits for those who were affected by scalpers using ticket bots. Of course, the real challenge will be enforcing this new law, but putting this into the country’s legislation is a huge first step in the fight against ticket scalping. Let’s hope this means fairer ticket buying for all.
Once sentenced, Franciscovich will also serve five post-release supervision in addition to prison. The Tioga County District Attorney’s Office says 26-year-old Cody Franciscovich pleaded guilty to Manslaughter in the First Degree on Aug. 14. (WBNG) — An Owego man is facing 25 years behind bars after pleading guilty to felony charges in Tioga Court Court. However, because he pleaded guilty, Franciscovitch agreed to withdraw his defenses and waived his right to appeal by admitting he had intentionally tried to hurt his daughter. The district attorney’s office says Franciscovish was originally charged with murder; however, he admitted to taking LSD the night before. He said he suffered from delusions and a mental disease or defect at the time he killed his daughter. Sentencing is scheduled for a later date. According to a news release, on June 9, 2019, Franciscovich took his 8-month-old daughter, Ruby, to St. Patrick’s Cemetery and threw her into a small swamp next to a gravel pit. An autopsy revealed Ruby had died before entering the water. Afterward, Franciscovich was found naked walking along Route 17C about a half-mile from where he had left Ruby. According to the district attorney’s office, if this defense had been successful, Franciscovich would have limited his criminal exposure under state law.