Two North Carolina men are the first people charged under Virginia’s anti-spam law, authorities said Thursday.

Jeremy Jaynes of Raleigh, N.C., and Richard Rutowski, of Cary, N.C., each face four felony counts of using fraudulent means to transmit unsolicited bulk e-mail, according to Virginia Attorney General Jerry W. Kilgore.

Using the alias “Gaven Stubberfield,” Jaynes allegedly sent hundreds of thousands of unsolicited e-mails. He is listed as eighth on registry of known spam operations as identified by Spamhaus-dot-org, a database of known spammers.

The two allegedly sent e-mails promoting investment schemes, computer software and other products. Both men are expected to be extradited to face charges in Loudoun County, Va., because many of the e-mail servers which handled the spam messages are located there.

The Spamhaus listing for Stubberfield describes him as being part of a “non-stop group of porn spammers with T1 access. Multiple machines pumping scam and porn spam around the clock. Notorious for his ‘horsey porn’ spam.”

Oh, my.

Well, one thing’s for sure: They can’t claim the 1st Amendment on this one, since it was repealed yesterday.

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