Federal authorities have dropped a case against a man accused of modding Xbox 360 consoles on the grounds of "fairness and justice".
Matthew Crippen, a car-parking manager at a hotel, was alleged to have ran a business modding the firmware of Microsoft's Xbox 360 console for $60 a time. His modifications allowed customers to run illegal software on the console.
He was arrested after an investigator hired by the Entertainment Software Industry filmed him as he modded an Xbox, Wired reported.
However, when the case came to trial, presiding judge Philip Gutierrez blasted the prosecutors for the shady means used to gather evidence for the trial. The prosecutors decided to drop the case after it was found that an implicating piece of evidence was not submitted before the trial began.
“The government has decided to dismiss the indictment,” prosecutors Allan Chiu said in a statement. The move came as a surprise to many, especially Crippen, who could have faced up to 10 years in jail.