Well, yeah, but we’re not a police state, because nobody in uniform shot the kid’s dog.
Welcome to the new Amerika comrades.
On another thread, a FReeper wrote this was no big deal, because Justin Carter could bail out and still had the right to a trial by jury. I think that FReeper is hopelessly naive. As I understand it, the bail in this case was set incredibly high. Plus, going through a trial is hit or miss even when one is clearly innocent (case in point, Zimmerman trial).
The government can make your life a living hell. It has virtually unlimited resources, and the full weight of the bureaucratic state can come down on you even if you’re innocent.
I’m a Texas defense attorney and I recently beat a case where the “threats” were worse than the ones alleged here.
The key (and difficulty of) to proving a felony terroristic threat charge is the State must prove that the communication was made in such a way that it would cause the public or a substantial part of the public imminent fear of death or serious bodily injury.
The classic case is a bomb threat resulting in a building clearing out very quickly often with people in a panic.
But the very worst comments or threats imaginable that don’t cause that kind of fear of an imminent danger don’t constitute this offense.
This guy needs a good lawyer now.
Again I’m a TX criminal defense attorney, so private message me if you need to.
He is an ungood oldthinker who failed to use crimestop, committing thoughtcrime.
Of course, so are most of us here.
It’s a travesty for him to be jailed. Reminds me of the kid who posed proudly with his new Christmas rifle, posted on FB, and the local cops rousted him. Outrageous.
“In free countries such as the United States, one is permitted to be a fool.”
To make an accurate sentence we need to take out the words between countries and one and eliminate the comma. In free countries one is permitted to be a fool. The United States of America is NOT a free country. If there is one on the planet I would not undertake to name it but the USofA is certainly not one.
What town is this in? The link doesn’t mention what area of TX he’s from. Thanks.
” Carters joke was witless and flippant ”
Spend a week at FR and see what flippant and humorless remarks really loom like.
Guy’s a piker compared to many of us
A real demonstration of the ability to discern a threat to the country by the alphabet soup groups. Al quada trembles I am sure.
Couple this to the MASSIVE influx of false leads generated by data mining the entire phone records of the country and I suspect the FBI is up to their noses in stupidity and totally rendered useless.
Good case for jury nullification.
That label is being thrown about too freely these days. You can get arrested for looking at someone funny if they claim you looked at them in a "terroistic threat" kind of way.
“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 on-line video game “League of Legends” took an ugly turn on Facebook.
Justin was apparently only 18 when this happened. This is NUTS
I have it on good advice that the Texas AG department has had nothing to do with anything connected to the Justin Carter case or charges.
I suspect the cause for this insanity is more local and focused on an Austin prosecutor and other players.
WTF? I hadn’t heard of this case. Damn dude.
In Texas eh? What does our beloved Governor Jefferson D’Arcy have to say about this?
Hey! Get used to it. It comes with the thought and speech police that now rule our “liberated” country now.
The latest casualty of the thought and speech police was Paula Deen. She was lucky that she was not thrown into the public pillory in Detroit to atone for her political sins.
Who is the prosecutor who decided to pursue this? He should be publicly exposed for this rape of an innocent teen by an inhumane system. The “justice” system in the US can no longer be seen as flawed, it is far beyond flawed... it has become a tool of fear, intimidation and terror to the very people it purports to “protect and serve”. The US justice system serves no one but those in power, the US government has done more than take the torch from the Soviet Union as “the evil empire”, it is intent on setting record time on getting the world to the next level of authoritarian police state
Apparently the prosecuting DA is a one Jennifer Tharp, see http://www.co.comal.tx.us/CDA/Staff/jennifer_tharp.htm and http://www.dailydot.com/crime/league-of-legends-joke-jail-time/. I think a more proper response than complaining about all of the legal atrocities surrounding us is to expose those key players that are making these things happen. They seem to enjoy ruining peoples lives at the flip of a pen for publicity and political advancement... why not turn that system around against them?