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Ex-lawyer convicted of cyberstalking

A former partner in a New York law firm has been found guilty of waging an online campaign of terror against former colleagues, which included racist slurs and threats of “Biblical” retribution.

Willie Dennis, 60, formerly a corporate lawyer at Manhattan firm K&L Gates, conducted a years-long campaign described by prosecutors as “relentless,” in which he told victims to “sleep with one eye open” because he intended to make “Biblical symbols” of them.

A federal court in New York took one week to reach a verdict, finding Dennis guilty of three counts of cyberstalking, each carrying a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

Announcing the verdict, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) said Dennis sent victims “thousands of harassing, threatening, intimidating emails and messages back-to-back, at all hours of the day and night.”

US Attorney Damian Williams added that the former law firm partner in Manhattan waged “a relentless cyberstalking campaign against his own former colleagues.”

“By texts, emails, and other threatening communications – sometimes hundreds per day – Dennis terrified his former colleagues to the point they had serious concerns for their own safety,” said Williams.

Dennis, who has yet to be sentenced, was brought to justice by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).

The DoJ did not comment on his motives for cyberstalking, but Bloomberg reported that Dennis, who is of African descent, had been in a legal dispute with K&L, claiming he was fired in 2019 because of his ethnicity.

His former employer countered that Dennis was terminated because of a history of “erratic, harassing, and improper behavior” and dismissed his accusations as a “smear campaign.”

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