Update (July 15, 2014): Raphael Golb will serve jail time for harassing his father’s academic rivals online, even after an appeals court struck down the aggravated harassment law under which he was charged.
The State Supreme Court in Manhattan upheld Golb’s convictions on counts of criminal impersonation and forgery and ordered him to surrender July 22 for a two-month jail sentence, according to The New York Times (NYT). He will also serve three years’ probation.
Golb had been free on bail while he appealed his 2010 sentence, the Associated Press reports.
Golb said that while he realized his online behavior—including sending email confessions of plagiarism from one of his father’s rivals and writing fake blog posts—was “inappropriate,” he thought the ruling unfair.
Manhattan Assistant District Attorney John Bandler said Golb’s actions were more than annoying; they were a malicious attempt to “impersonate others and destroy their careers.”
Golb was charged under a law which made it a crime to communicate with people “in a manner likely to cause annoyance or alarm,” the NYT reports. The New York Court of Appeals struck down the law in May and the state legislature since passed a revised, narrower version.