He is the leader of an online terrorist group. Hacking is illegal. It is also illegal to aide criminals. He is responsible for a lot of the hacking that has taken place within the last couple of years. The group he leads had lead to the hacking of Playstation and lead to millions of credit card numbers being stolen.
This was somewhat of a difficult question for me to answer for a number of different reasons. First and foremost, what Deric Lostutter did was an act of courageous heroism. Without his work, the Steubenville rapists would most likely have never been caught and/or tried. However, Lostutter did in fact break the law, and one cannot logically argue a law being enforced.
That being said, the issue at hand is the law itself. If convicted, Lostutter could face more time in jail than the Steubenville rapists themselves. Is that justice? Of course not.
Both the laws involving hacking-related crimes and the laws involving rape need desperately to be revised. They are unjust, and unlawful in and of themselves. For that reason, I must argue that Lostutter should not be charged with hacking-related crimes in accordance with the laws CURRENTLY on the books.