jswf, it looks like you beat me to it. I was away to post that very thing
While I doubt western democracies will bring in penalties as tough as the death sentence for spammers, the nine year jail term outlined above certainly shows how things are getting tougher for the spamming community.
I certainly think this is a win-win situation for those of us trying to run honest businesses and who wake up each morning to tens if not hundreds of spam messages in their inboxes.
I hope some of the spammers out their will take note of this court's ruling. I just hope it doesn't get overturned at appeal...