Saturday, June 29, 2013

It's Not Just the Northeast...

Don't kid yourselves. Stupid people doing stupid things and overreacting isn't a Massachusetts thing. It's not a Northeast thing. It's not an East coast thing. Stupidity is universal, as is the CYA mentality. Sent in by Yankeefried:

Texas teen charged with making terroristic threat after online joke
NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – An Austin man wants to warn other parents and teenagers that statements made on social media websites can land them in jail.

Justin Carter was 18 back in February when an online video game "League of Legends" took an ugly turn on Facebook.
The episode happened in March. He's still in jail. He's facing possible jail time of up to eight years. Now, I know that folks in Texas like to think that they're not part of the US sometimes, but last time I checked, they were - and the First Amendment should still apply. I haven't the faintest idea how they're extrapolating his stupid comments as a threat - it's not like he named a school, or any people, or anything like that. It was a dumb comment, certainly, but that does not mean he should be in jail three months later.

If for nothing else, we are going to need to build a LOT more prisons if we start locking people up for saying dumb things online...

That is all.


Robert said...

"we are going to need to build a LOT more prisons if we start locking people up for saying dumb things online"

Um, no one else is going to comment online? But, almost everything I say online is dumb. Well, I am typing and there's no sound...

Rob said...

"As much justice as you can afford" is the saying.
3 months & counting in jail for a facebook post, well I guess he can't afford much justice.

Old NFO said...

Sad, and it's the nanny state alive and well!!!

Ed said...

Better not play Frank Zappa's "My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama" to the woman who reported this guy:

"My guitar wants to kill your mama
My guitar wants to burn your dad
I get real mean when he makes me mad"

Frank Zappa just was different, even when he had short hair, was clean shaven and wore a suit and skinny tie:

Then again, Woody Guthrie's guitar had "This Machine Kills Fascists" on the front, and if you favor a police state then that would perceived as a terrorist threat:

Ancient Woodsman said...

If they could lock up folks for saying stupid things, Alcatraz would have been reopened a long time ago just for Joe Biden.

When the government has already admitted to listening in on your everything, every day, it's best not to say anything at all.

Brigid said...

Ancient Woodsman - you really needed a beverage alert on that one. I know have coffee all over my monitor :-)

Anonymous said...

"Justin was the kind of kid who didn't read the newspaper. He didn't watch television. He wasn't aware of current events. "

That will look great on his resume.


LawDog said...

This really doesn't pass the smell test.

Texas doesn't have an "Up to 8 year" prison sentence. It's 10, 20, 99 or life.

In order for Terroristic Threat to be a felony, you have to:

"cause impairment or interruption of public communications, public transportation, public water, gas, or power supply or other public service;" or

"place the public or a substantial group of the public in fear of serious bodily injury;" or

"influence the conduct or activities of a branch or agency of the federal government, the state, or a political subdivision of the state."

The only one that might apply is "Plaicng the public or substantial group of public" in fear -- and one bimbo in Canada doesn't count.

Must have had a tame Grand Jury on this one.