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Teen faces prison after sex doll prank goes awry (Prosecutors gone wild, kid faces 8 years prison)
WSVM ^ | 07/06/2011 | AP News

Posted on 07/06/2011 2:09:59 PM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - When 18-year-old Tyell Morton put a blow-up sex doll in a bathroom stall on the last day of school, he didn't expect school officials to call a bomb squad or that he'd be facing up to eight years in prison and a possible felony record.

The senior prank gone awry has raised questions of race, prosecutorial zeal and the post-Columbine mindset in a small Indiana town and around the country, The Indianapolis Star reported in its Tuesday editions.

Legal experts question the appropriateness of the charges against Morton, and law professor Jonathan Turley at George Washington University posed a wider question about Morton's case on his legal blog.

"The question is what type of society we are creating when our children have to fear that a prank (could) lead them to jail for almost a decade. What type of citizens are we creating who fear the arbitrary use of criminal charges by their government?"

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: doll; insanity; johnewilliams; jonathanturley; philipjcaviness; police; prank; rapeofliberty; schools; tyellmorton; zerotolerance
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1 posted on 07/06/2011 2:10:01 PM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour
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“The senior prank gone awry has raised questions of ... prosecutorial zeal”

The prosecutor says he does not intend to seek jail time.


2 posted on 07/06/2011 2:14:13 PM PDT by dangus
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

Oh, for God’s sake.

It’s some kid pulling a stupid stunt.

Don’t we have more flagrant criminals in the WH to go after?


3 posted on 07/06/2011 2:14:48 PM PDT by Salamander (I don't want trouble, I don't need no fuss. But I'm wounded, old and treacherous.)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

Methinks that was the basis of a great prank.

Release the kid.

As for the school officials...well, they’re public school officials.

As such, they are incompetent ninnies capable of working only as ditch diggers.

I f*rt in their general direction and hope they join their president Obama in jail in a year or two.


4 posted on 07/06/2011 2:15:19 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

This is blown out of proportion.


5 posted on 07/06/2011 2:16:16 PM PDT by linn37
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

Meanwhile, Casey Anthony murders her kid and walks free.


6 posted on 07/06/2011 2:16:16 PM PDT by MissesBush (Obama logic re: Weiner. Twitter your junk = I would resign. Destroy a nation = I deserve re-election)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour
Ok... He put a blow-up doll in a bathroom stall.

Er... Where's the crime? Was it "naked"? Did he literally blow it up? Did it have a sign around its neck saying "I am a bomb"?

Is a sex toy now a weapon of mass distraction?

7 posted on 07/06/2011 2:17:16 PM PDT by Dead Corpse (explosive bolts, ten thousand volts at a million miles an hour)
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To: dangus
The prosecutor says he does not intend to seek jail time.

That will be up to the judge. Not the prosecutor. If he doesn't want the kid to spend time in jail then what is the purpose of filing felony charges against him?

8 posted on 07/06/2011 2:17:54 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (If you think it's time to bury your weapons.....it's time to dig them up.)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

“The question is what type of society we are creating when our children have to fear that a prank (could) lead them to jail for almost a decade. What type of citizens are we creating who fear the arbitrary use of criminal charges by their government?”

It’s a damn good question.


9 posted on 07/06/2011 2:17:58 PM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: linn37
It could be that the persecution is full of hot air.

Er... Prosecution. Sorry.

10 posted on 07/06/2011 2:18:15 PM PDT by Dead Corpse (explosive bolts, ten thousand volts at a million miles an hour)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

It sounds like a funny prank to me. I hope they dismiss the charges.


11 posted on 07/06/2011 2:18:18 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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Your positions are of such independence and importance that while you are being diligent, strict, and vigorous in law enforcement you can also afford to be just. ... the citizen’s safety lies in the prosecutor who tempers zeal with human kindness, who seeks truth and not victims, who serves the law and not factional purposes, and who approaches his task with humility. - Justice Robert Jackson


12 posted on 07/06/2011 2:19:20 PM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour (With The Resistance...)
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To: dangus
The prosecutor says he does not intend to seek jail time.

Just give an 18-year old a felony conviction so he can never get a decent job.

13 posted on 07/06/2011 2:19:23 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." - Bertrand de Jouvenel des Ursins)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

The gist of this is that a guy wearing a hoodie was seen on surveillance cameras sneaking into the school with a large package. They had no choice but to do a lock down and call in the bomb squad.

The prosecutor says he doesn’t intend to seek jail time.

This was a stupid and very expensive prank, in this day and age when, unfortunately, we are confronted with bombers and terrorists of all kinds. The kid needs to learn a lesson. And it has nothing to do with his color.


14 posted on 07/06/2011 2:19:32 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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The kid has nothing to fear. Having a package and wearing a hoodie does not make a bomb. If the school called the bomb squad, they are the ones with egg on their faces, so they are charging him with a felony and hiding behind the excuse that we can’t be too careful in this day and age. So, they charge him with a felon because they called a bomb squad. I have only two words of advice for the young man: Jury Trial.


15 posted on 07/06/2011 2:19:43 PM PDT by webheart (Just saying.....)
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Casey walks on killing her baby and we have these guys prosecuting a high school prank. Someone overreacted calling the bomb squad and all...good grief.


16 posted on 07/06/2011 2:20:11 PM PDT by tioga
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

Sounds like the real charge is Making The Authorities Look Like Idiots.


17 posted on 07/06/2011 2:20:30 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Employers, especially large firms, often ask “Have you ever been charge with a Felony?”

This kid (adult) has damages.


18 posted on 07/06/2011 2:21:36 PM PDT by Triple (Socialism denies people the right to the fruits of their labor, and is as abhorrent as slavery)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Sounds like the real charge is Making The Authorities Look Like Idiots.

Now your on to something...

19 posted on 07/06/2011 2:23:05 PM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour (With The Resistance...)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

Too bad Caylee Anthony wasn’t an inflatable doll, Casey may have gotten 8 years in jail.


20 posted on 07/06/2011 2:23:05 PM PDT by rokkitapps ( Hearings on healthcare waivers NOW! (If you agree make this your tagline))
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What type of citizens are we creating who fear the arbitrary use of criminal charges by their government?"

Compliant ones. That's the goal.

21 posted on 07/06/2011 2:23:09 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: linn37

I would agree. Any prosecutor that dumps on the kid...has a dead political career because someone will drag out a sex doll every time he runs for office.


22 posted on 07/06/2011 2:23:18 PM PDT by pepsionice
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour
"The question is what type of society we are creating when our children have to fear that a prank (could) lead them to jail for almost a decade. What type of citizens are we creating who fear the arbitrary use of criminal charges by their government?"

A society run by PC leftists, and a citizenry dominated by them.

23 posted on 07/06/2011 2:23:26 PM PDT by Thane_Banquo
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To: Slings and Arrows

“Sounds like the real charge is Making The Authorities Look Like Idiots.”

And it isn’t hard to do.


24 posted on 07/06/2011 2:24:32 PM PDT by kickonly88 (I love fossil fuel!)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

So this poor kid pulling a stupid prank may end up with a tougher sentence that someone who killed their own toddler.


25 posted on 07/06/2011 2:26:05 PM PDT by Truth is a Weapon (Truth, it hurts so good.)
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To: dangus
The prosecutor says he does not intend to seek jail time.

Then why bother? Drop the case.

26 posted on 07/06/2011 2:26:23 PM PDT by hattend (Let's all meet Sarah at her last bus stop -- 1600 Pennsylvania Ave in Jan 2013)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

So this poor kid pulling a stupid prank may end up with a tougher sentence than someone who killed their own toddler.


27 posted on 07/06/2011 2:26:25 PM PDT by Truth is a Weapon (Truth, it hurts so good.)
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To: dangus

The prosecutor should have declined to file charges.

It was a harmless prank for crying out loud!

And spare me the “things/times are different now”, argument. I don’t buy it.


28 posted on 07/06/2011 2:26:39 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (Can you afford to board the Chattanooga Choo-Choo?)
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Textbook overcharging.

I hope that the kid’s family brings ethics charges in the state bar. (I’d say “sue for malicious prosecution” but there’s little chance of that where ANY guilty finding is made on the charges, no matter how minimal.)


29 posted on 07/06/2011 2:26:39 PM PDT by pogo101
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Far too much authority has been vested in the hands of petty minds.


30 posted on 07/06/2011 2:28:07 PM PDT by Roccus
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To: Slings and Arrows

BINGO!!!!


31 posted on 07/06/2011 2:28:41 PM PDT by MeganC (Are you better off than you were four years ago?)
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To: rokkitapps
Too bad Caylee Anthony wasn’t an inflatable doll, Casey may have gotten 8 years in jail.

Actually, this might explain at last why Caylee's mouth was duct-taped. She was LEAKING, that's the ticket. :/

32 posted on 07/06/2011 2:29:04 PM PDT by pogo101
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Learn a lesson?

By tagging a kid with an unwarranted felony conviction?

Horse hockey!


33 posted on 07/06/2011 2:29:35 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (Can you afford to board the Chattanooga Choo-Choo?)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

Another idiot prosecutor wanting some camera time. Fire the idiot.


34 posted on 07/06/2011 2:31:33 PM PDT by microgood
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To: Slings and Arrows
Someone needs to go Animal House prankin' on this prosecutor.


35 posted on 07/06/2011 2:32:40 PM PDT by pogo101
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To: Cicero

Call it a training exercise, and commend the bomb squad on their reaction to a possible threat. That’s it.


36 posted on 07/06/2011 2:33:40 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Monarchy is the one system of government where power is exercised for the good of all - Aristotle)
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showed a person in a hooded sweatshirt and gloves entering the school

Memo to his attorney. Remember, if the gloves don't fit, they must acquit

37 posted on 07/06/2011 2:34:54 PM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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re: Too bad Caylee Anthony wasn’t an inflatable doll, Casey may have gotten 8 years in jail.

I was thinking the same thing.


38 posted on 07/06/2011 2:36:26 PM PDT by Nevadan
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39 posted on 07/06/2011 2:38:25 PM PDT by Safrguns
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What if he had put a large round balloon in the bathroom? Or a large bundle of small balloons? Felonies?


40 posted on 07/06/2011 2:39:33 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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Typical police state nazi bs.


41 posted on 07/06/2011 2:40:10 PM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: The flash mob who wonÂ’t leave.)
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To: Oztrich Boy
Call it a training exercise, and commend the bomb squad on their reaction to a possible threat. That’s it.

My thoughts exactly. It was a prank. While the kids actions (walking into a school wearing a hoodie, carrying a large package) weren't particularly smart in the post 9/11 world, they certainly don't require prosecution.

In a saner world, the prosecution would drop the charges, write off the cost of the bomb squad deployment against their annual training budget and otherwise forget about the whole thing.

42 posted on 07/06/2011 2:41:01 PM PDT by Terabitten ("Don't retreat. RELOAD!!" -Sarah Palin)
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Utterly absurd he was charged with anything. Kid pulls prank, America goes insane.


43 posted on 07/06/2011 2:41:51 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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The prosecutor says he doesn’t intend to seek jail time.

I have a friend who plea bargained on a drug possession charge, no jail time in exchange for pleading guilty. Seemed a good idea at the time, particularly when he couldn't afford a lawyer. Except now he is a "convicted felon" to prospective employers.

Jail time or no jail time, an adult felony conviction means the end of any ideas of a middle-class, professional career.

44 posted on 07/06/2011 2:42:40 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 ("It is only when we've lost everything, that we are free to do anything" -- Fight Club)
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Yep - like that’s real hard to do! They are doing what they always do: charging a felony so he’ll plead out on a misdemeanor thus wiping the large amount of egg off their faces. It’s standard practice.


45 posted on 07/06/2011 2:44:06 PM PDT by Emmett McCarthy
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That must have been one hell of a blow up doll. I understand the response, but why not just bring in the doll during school and blow it up there?


46 posted on 07/06/2011 2:44:18 PM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: Cicero
The gist of this is that a guy wearing a hoodie was seen on surveillance cameras sneaking into the school with a large package. They had no choice but to do a lock down and call in the bomb squad.

Why would you lock down a school if you thought a bomb was in it?

47 posted on 07/06/2011 2:44:18 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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“...security footage showed a person in a hooded sweatshirt and gloves entering the school with a package and leaving five minutes later without it...”

“...Morton was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, and institutional criminal mischief, a felony that carries the potential of two to eight years in prison...”

“...Prosecutor Philip J. Caviness told The Associated Press that he doesn’t intend to seek a prison term for Morton, but said school officials acted appropriately and that the charges are warranted...”


48 posted on 07/06/2011 2:44:26 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (Proud to be a (small) monthly donor.)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

He shouldn’t be convicted but schools used to be able to employ corporal punishment to deal with these kinds of disciplinary problems. Teachers are not allowed to discipline the kids so now we have to have the police involved.


49 posted on 07/06/2011 2:44:31 PM PDT by ari-freedom (Why are my Obama jokes funnier than Conan and Leno's?)
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To: webheart
A janitor at Rushville Consolidated High School saw Morton run away from the school May 31, and security footage showed a person in a hooded sweatshirt and gloves entering the school with a package and leaving five minutes later without it, according to court documents.

"Having a package and wearing a hoodie does not make a bomb."

So, if you observe a person wearing a hoodie, gloves; sneak into a public building (airport, school, bus stop, hospital - any building where unarmed, innocent lives will soon occupy) with a large wrapped package - what would you do? Go pick up the package? Kick it? Open it and hope it wasn't a bomb? The school did the ONLY thing they could do - with the evidence at hand.

A felony rap is a bit over the top - but this was a poorly conceived plan from the get go. If he had smuggled the inflated doll in - there wouldn't have been a problem. But sneaking a large box into a building - something should have gone off in his head saying "Should I really be doing this?". Funny? ... yup. Smart? - uh, nope. Try doing the exact same thing at an airport - and let me know how it goes.

50 posted on 07/06/2011 2:45:34 PM PDT by Hodar (Who needs laws .... when this "feels" so right?)
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