Skip to comments.Teenager arrested for Facebook post beaten up in prison (Texas)
Posted on 07/08/2013 1:57:22 AM PDT by TexGrill
Things arent getting any better for a 19-year-old video gamer who has been locked up since March for the remarks he made over Facebook. The father of the teen now says his son is being beaten up while he waits to stand trial.
In an interview with National Public Radio that aired Wednesday, Jack Carter said his son Justin has suffered countless injuries since being locked up in a Texas detention facility more than three months ago.
"Without getting into the really nasty details, he's had concussions, black eyes, moved four times from base for his own protection," Jack Carter told NPR. "He's been put in solitary confinement, nude, for days on end because he's depressed. All of this is extremely traumatic to this kid. This is a horrible experience."
Prisoner abuse isnt anything new, but the so-called crime thats left Justin Carter facing potentially eight years in prison could be unprecedented. Hes been locked up without trial since late March after authorities were alerted to a Facebook message that Carter says he made in jest.
Only 18 at the time, Carter had just wrapped up session on the online role-playing game League of Legends when he got into a spat with a friend over Facebook. Speaking to KVUE news last month, his father explained how what was supposed to be a sarcastic remark posted publically ended up with an unexpected jail stint.
Someone had said something to the effect of 'Oh you're insane, you're crazy, you're messed up in the head, he called, to which he replied 'Oh yeah, I'm real messed up in the head, I'm going to go shoot up a school full of kids and eat their still, beating hearts.
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Only if you’re a liberal is it ok to talk stupid, expected in reality.
Why isn’t this kid out on bail ?
I'm currently on bail facing felony "stalking" charges in TX for sending a few joke emails to a former employer who fired me under questionable circumstances.
There were no threats, or words even in the email or I would be in a worse position.
It was a few tasteless pictures (non pornographic or violent, but crude).
Because, along with trumped up charges. Bail amounts have gone up to ridiculous levels.
I'm guessing the bail amount was well north of the six figures I was facing for a lesser charge.
I went back to the article and saw his bail was 500,000 which is absurd....the judge should be horsewhipped....
If you can’t do the time . . . . Don’t do the crime. . . .
And all over Facebook and Twitter the Moron Class is promising to riot and kill people if George Zimmerman is acquitted. Why isn’t the Gestapo going after them?
Shouldn’t one take into to consideration the issue of intent? He did act foolish, but how many of us when we were 18-years-old said something we regret. Hopefully, none of us got sent to prison for talking stupid at that time.
democrats have a first amendment right to lie, but everybody else has to suit the democrats
I remember when America, the whole country, followed the Eighth Suggestion: "Excessive bail shall not be required". I miss the rule of law.
Get a lawyer and sue.
3 months and still no trial, this is not right.
You are the ideal police-state drone.
Did you really think that we want those laws to be observed? said Dr. Ferris. We want them broken. Youd better get it straight that its not a bunch of boy scouts youre up againstthen youll know that this is not the age for beautiful gestures. Were after power and we mean it. You fellows were pikers, but we know the real trick, and youd better get wise to it. Theres no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there arent enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? Whats there it that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpretedand you create a nation of lawbreakersand then you cash in on guilt. Now thats the system
Written in 1957 about the future of the US, by a Russian woman. Hmm.
It’s the government idiots who should all be in prison. the IRS morons, Obama, the Congress, the TSA, the EPA etc all should be in prison. American citizens who have freedom of speech to write what they want to on the Internet should not be put in prison by big brother gov idiot criminals
Were you born a fool or did you have to work your way up to it?
According to the article: The young man's father explained that while playing a video game, Someone had said something to the effect of 'Oh you're insane, you're crazy, you're messed up in the head, he called, to which he replied 'Oh yeah, I'm real messed up in the head, I'm going to go shoot up a school full of kids and eat their still, beating hearts.
My guess is that the authorities want to make absolutely certain the boy was joking before unleashing him on society ... and they probably want to drive the point home that certain subjects do not lend themselves to gallows humor.
He made a sarcastic remark. Poorly phrased. But that should have been obvious. There still is a 1st amendment isn’t there?
If he didn't have inclination to violence before, he might well have by the time he gets out of jail.
What does that mean?
3 mos before trial for.... nada?
Hey folks, go read the 11th amendment in your pocket constitution and tell me how some Canadian wench’s feelings can legally land a Texas citizen in jail.
Maybe you’ll also wonder how a Texas rancher could be criminally charged or civilly sued for trying to keep border jumpers from trespassing on his property after reading it.
Actually, no there's not. The Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and pretty much the rest of the rule of law disappeared in 2009.
Federal investigators have found no evidence that the disgraced Wall Street titan broke the law.
After 18 months of investigation, the criminal probe into Jon Corzine is now being dropped,
I never thought such things would happen in TX. This is after the 12 yr old boy was raped and tortured, then shunned by the community. Looks like we have lost texas.
So your son is learning that actions have consequences. That can be a hard lesson.
This is the natural result of the unthinking fetish many on the right have with the "tough on crime zero tolerance" mentality.
When demographics finally shifts Texas firmly into the left column, the liberals will use all the crime fighting tools to turn that state into a special ring of hell.
I can picture it right now, some future Obama-like governor smirking on TV about "Not messing with Texas" as his political enemies are sent to prison.
Liberal, meet reality. There are no unicorns. A stiff right punch to the face will convince of the fact you are not a superhero just because you play online games as one.
stupid comments online are a crime?
unless you are black threatening to riot
Well, please know that your tribulations have educated me, at least. I shall modify my online behavior accordingly.
Texas is police state.
Nossir. AMERICA is a Police State.
You know darn well why. We white people are now an Oppressed Majority.
There are a couple police state fools on this thread. I wonder how they would feel if some of their political beliefs would be a crime to post online?
Oh, by the way, everything is a crime.
You, of course, have your bail ready?
might be now if a foreigner complains I guess
How ridiculous. Apparently some in Texas do not know the meaning of sarcasm. The kid needs to find a new town to live in where they read books now and again.
What crime was that?
I’ll never understand the FReepers who seem to think things like this are okay. It will eventually become more and more encompassing of “hate” speech.
Saying you’re against gay marriage...crime
Pro Second Amendment...crime
No, just Austin in this case.
Ok....I'm for defending it. Any of the 50 states want to take a stand, I will move there...I thought the first would be Texas....obviously they have their own problems.
Whatever happened to “innocent until proven guilty?” Why is the kid still behind bars? Was there no bail?
Bail was set at half a million dollars. Not many can afford that.
Austin has been lost for years. Houston and Dallas have followed them to the left along with the southern border counties.
That’s rather high.
But that's different. Those are Holder's people. They can do and say whatever they want.
Someone's going to jail for that remark .... (/sarc)
Someone had said something to the effect of 'Oh you're insane, you're crazy, you're messed up in the head, he called, to which he replied...'
What did he say to earn this rebuke? What did the kid post prior to, and following his infamous remark?
And, why is a 19 year old kid so absorbed in a video game?
I have only so much outrage left in me, and before I dispense anymore of it, I want to know the whole story.
Justin Carter Facebook threat update: Comal County District Court in Texas sets bond hearing date
A Texas teen who’s been jailed more than four months for a Facebook comment he made during
a video-game argument is finally getting a day in court that could let him go home.
Justin Carter, who was 18 when he was arrested, will appear in Comal County (Texas) District
Court on Tuesday, July 16, for a bond hearing, according to his lawyer, Don Flanary.
Flanary told CNN he will argue to have Carter’s $500,000 bond, which his family cannot
afford to cover, reduced.
That's so 19th century.
Nowadays one doesn't know if one has committed a crime. We're all crimists.