Skip to comments.Teen faces prison after sex doll prank goes awry (Prosecutors gone wild, kid faces 8 years prison)
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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“The senior prank gone awry has raised questions of ... prosecutorial zeal”
The prosecutor says he does not intend to seek jail time.
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?
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.
This is blown out of proportion.
Meanwhile, Casey Anthony murders her kid and walks free.
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?
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?
“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.
Er... Prosecution. Sorry.
It sounds like a funny prank to me. I hope they dismiss the charges.
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
Just give an 18-year old a felony conviction so he can never get a decent job.
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.
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.
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.
Sounds like the real charge is Making The Authorities Look Like Idiots.
Employers, especially large firms, often ask “Have you ever been charge with a Felony?”
This kid (adult) has damages.
Now your on to something...
Too bad Caylee Anthony wasn’t an inflatable doll, Casey may have gotten 8 years in jail.
Compliant ones. That's the goal.
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.
A society run by PC leftists, and a citizenry dominated by them.
“Sounds like the real charge is Making The Authorities Look Like Idiots.”
And it isn’t hard to do.
So this poor kid pulling a stupid prank may end up with a tougher sentence that someone who killed their own toddler.
Then why bother? Drop the case.
So this poor kid pulling a stupid prank may end up with a tougher sentence than someone who killed their own toddler.
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.
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.)
Far too much authority has been vested in the hands of petty minds.
Actually, this might explain at last why Caylee's mouth was duct-taped. She was LEAKING, that's the ticket. :/
Learn a lesson?
By tagging a kid with an unwarranted felony conviction?
Another idiot prosecutor wanting some camera time. Fire the idiot.
Call it a training exercise, and commend the bomb squad on their reaction to a possible threat. That’s it.
Memo to his attorney. Remember, if the gloves don't fit, they must acquit
re: Too bad Caylee Anthony wasnt an inflatable doll, Casey may have gotten 8 years in jail.
I was thinking the same thing.
What if he had put a large round balloon in the bathroom? Or a large bundle of small balloons? Felonies?
Typical police state nazi bs.
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.
Utterly absurd he was charged with anything. Kid pulls prank, America goes insane.
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.
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.
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?
Why would you lock down a school if you thought a bomb was in it?
“...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...”
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.
"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.
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