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Andrew “weev” Auernheimer, who spent just over a year in prison on dubious charges of violating the “worst law in technology,” is now completely free.

His lawyer, Tor Ekeland, tweeted Wednesday that all charges had been dropped.

Auernheimer left prison Friday, thanks to a judge vacating his charges based on the peculiarities of where he stood trial. Auernheimer was tried in New Jersey, which has stricter hacking laws but nothing in particular to do with his case.

In 2010, he was part of a group who discovered an exploit on AT&T’s website that revealed iPad subscribers’ information. Auernheimer told AT&T about the bug—but he also told the blog Gawker. That was enough to get him convicted under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), the most controversial hacking law in the U.S.

In order for Auernheimer to face prison again for that case, he’d have to be rearrested and tried all over again, Ekeland told the Daily Dot.

“Indictment dismissed, bail conditions lifted,” he said. “He is completely free.”

Like Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, who on Wednesday found out that his seized fortune will be returned, Auernheimer celebrated his legal win with a poem.

Illustration by Jason Reed

Kevin Collier

Kevin Collier

A former senior politics reporter for the Daily Dot, Kevin Collier focuses on privacy, cybersecurity, and issues of importance to the open internet. Since leaving the Daily Dot in March 2016, he has served as a reporter for Vocativ and a cybersecurity correspondent for BuzzFeed.