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Trial date finally set for UK security researcher Hutchins

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British security researcher Marcus Hutchins will finally have a chance to face a jury trial, with a date of 8 July being set for him in court in Milwaukee, nearly two years after he was arrested in Las Vegas.

A scheduling order signer by Judge J.P. Stadtmueller on 1 March said he could, however enter a plea before 17 June if he wished to avoid trial by jury.

Last month, Hutchins' legal team failed to get evidence recorded by the FBI during its first meeting with Hutchins removed from the case.

The reason cited by Hutchins' lawyers was that he made the comments before he was informed of the reason for his arrest.

The US District Court in the eastern district of Wisconsin threw out his claim, despite finding that the security officials had not been upfront with Hutchins about why he was being arrested.

Hutchins was arrested by the FBI in Las Vegas on 2 August 2017 after he had boarded a plane to leave the US after attending the annual DEFCON security conference.

He gained the attention of the world when he stopped the spread of the WannaCry ransomware by accident in May 2017.

Hutchins, 23, is charged with creating and distributing a banking trojan known as Kronos. The FBI claims he made incriminating statements to them after he was arrested last year, and also in two phone calls from his cell.

The chargesheet against him said he had written and helped distribute Kronos along with an unnamed co-conspirator.

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Sam Varghese

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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