Mark Rush, an attorney for lead defendant Kenneth Lowson, argued in federal court Monday that the four might have violated websites' terms of service, but aren't liable under existing federal law.
"What if they hired 100,000 people to all get on the site at the same time _ would we be here?" he asked. "Or was it because it was a computer? If we are struggling to figure out if this is a violation of federal criminal law, then the indictment should be dismissed."