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After appeal, jail in NYC Dead Sea Scrolls case

Updated Monday, July 14, 2014 | 7:56 a.m.

NEW YORK (AP) — A man convicted of using digital-age tools to impersonate and malign his father's academic rivals on the ancient subject of the Dead Sea Scrolls has been sentenced to two months in jail.

New York's highest court had tossed out some of his convictions — and with them, an aggravated-harassment law.

Raphael Golb's re-sentencing Monday came after the Court of Appeals upheld some convictions on criminal impersonation and forgery charges. He'd been sentenced earlier to six months' jail but was free during appeals.

Golb, who also was sentenced to three years' probation, acknowledged disguising his identity in emails and blog posts to discredit a detractor of his father's views on the scrolls' origins.

Golb said the electronic barbs were satire, not crime.

The high court said an aggravated harassment law used in some counts against him was unconstitutionally broad.