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Teenager arrested for Facebook post beaten up in prison (Texas)
RT ^ | 07/04/2013 | RT

Posted on 07/08/2013 1:57:22 AM PDT by TexGrill

Things aren’t 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 isn’t anything new, but the so-called crime that’s left Justin Carter facing potentially eight years in prison could be unprecedented. He’s 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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When I did journalism in South Korea I would read hundreds of these type of violent comments, which were addressed to me. They were goofy and often offensive but I never thought, let's go get these folks arrested. Don't people have a right to talk stupid?
1 posted on 07/08/2013 1:57:23 AM PDT by TexGrill
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To: TexGrill

Only if you’re a liberal is it ok to talk stupid, expected in reality.


2 posted on 07/08/2013 2:08:20 AM PDT by maddog55 (America Rising.... Civil War II)
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To: TexGrill

Why isn’t this kid out on bail ?


3 posted on 07/08/2013 2:33:19 AM PDT by Popman
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To: TexGrill
Texas is police state.

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).

4 posted on 07/08/2013 2:35:29 AM PDT by ClaytonP
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To: Popman
Why isn’t this kid out on bail ?

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.

5 posted on 07/08/2013 2:37:52 AM PDT by ClaytonP
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To: ClaytonP

I went back to the article and saw his bail was 500,000 which is absurd....the judge should be horsewhipped....


6 posted on 07/08/2013 2:41:18 AM PDT by Popman
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To: TexGrill

If you can’t do the time . . . . Don’t do the crime. . . .


7 posted on 07/08/2013 3:07:59 AM PDT by DeaconRed (We sent REPS to DC to handle our problems. They have done NOTHING. Time to March with pitch forks.)
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To: TexGrill

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?


8 posted on 07/08/2013 3:09:27 AM PDT by jespasinthru (Proud member of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy.)
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To: DeaconRed

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.


9 posted on 07/08/2013 3:11:00 AM PDT by TexGrill (Don't mess with Texas)
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To: TexGrill

democrats have a first amendment right to lie, but everybody else has to suit the democrats


10 posted on 07/08/2013 3:11:01 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Popman
his bail was 500,000 which is absurd

I remember when America, the whole country, followed the Eighth Suggestion: "Excessive bail shall not be required". I miss the rule of law.

11 posted on 07/08/2013 3:11:47 AM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: TexGrill

Get a lawyer and sue.

3 months and still no trial, this is not right.


12 posted on 07/08/2013 3:21:00 AM PDT by RginTN
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To: DeaconRed
If you can’t do the time . . . . Don’t do the crime. . . .

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. You’d better get it straight that it’s not a bunch of boy scouts you’re up against—then you’ll know that this is not the age for beautiful gestures. We’re after power and we mean it. You fellows were pikers, but we know the real trick, and you’d better get wise to it. There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t 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? What’s there it that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted—and you create a nation of lawbreakers—and then you cash in on guilt. Now that’s the system
Written in 1957 about the future of the US, by a Russian woman. Hmm.

13 posted on 07/08/2013 3:21:08 AM PDT by Teacher317 (The public is being manipulated to fleece the taxpayer. That is the real industry in Washington.)
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To: DeaconRed

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


14 posted on 07/08/2013 3:38:30 AM PDT by Democrat_media (IRS rigged election for Obama and democrats by shutting down tea party)
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To: DeaconRed

Were you born a fool or did you have to work your way up to it?


15 posted on 07/08/2013 3:40:00 AM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: Popman
Why isn’t this kid out on bail ?

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.

16 posted on 07/08/2013 3:44:31 AM PDT by Zakeet (Democrats: Making everything free in this country except you)
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To: DeaconRed

He made a sarcastic remark. Poorly phrased. But that should have been obvious. There still is a 1st amendment isn’t there?


17 posted on 07/08/2013 3:50:57 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Zakeet
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.

If he didn't have inclination to violence before, he might well have by the time he gets out of jail.

18 posted on 07/08/2013 3:57:54 AM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: TexGrill
"When I did journalism"

What does that mean?

19 posted on 07/08/2013 4:09:25 AM PDT by Dalberg-Acton
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To: TexGrill

3 mos before trial for.... nada?


20 posted on 07/08/2013 4:16:10 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: TexGrill; DeaconRed

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.


21 posted on 07/08/2013 4:22:10 AM PDT by noprogs (Borders, Language, Culture....all should be preserved)
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To: Vaquero
There still is a 1st amendment isn’t there?

Actually, no there's not. The Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and pretty much the rest of the rule of law disappeared in 2009.

22 posted on 07/08/2013 4:30:09 AM PDT by Redplum
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To: TexGrill
In other news:

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,”

23 posted on 07/08/2013 4:33:45 AM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To the left the truth looks like Right-Wing extremism.)
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To: TexGrill

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.


24 posted on 07/08/2013 4:37:45 AM PDT by momincombatboots (Back to West by G-d Virginia.)
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To: TexGrill

So your son is learning that actions have consequences. That can be a hard lesson.


25 posted on 07/08/2013 4:40:39 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign up for the American Revolution 2013 and the Crusades 2013?)
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To: momincombatboots
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.

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.

26 posted on 07/08/2013 4:44:38 AM PDT by ClaytonP
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To: DeaconRed

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.


27 posted on 07/08/2013 4:45:39 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: DeaconRed

stupid comments online are a crime?


28 posted on 07/08/2013 4:47:26 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Zakeet

unless you are black threatening to riot


29 posted on 07/08/2013 4:49:39 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: ClaytonP
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).

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.

30 posted on 07/08/2013 4:49:47 AM PDT by Lazamataz (If illegal aliens voted (R), then the Dems would create the tightest border security in the world.)
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To: jespasinthru
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?

You know darn well why. We white people are now an Oppressed Majority.

31 posted on 07/08/2013 4:50:39 AM PDT by Lazamataz (If illegal aliens voted (R), then the Dems would create the tightest border security in the world.)
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To: Redplum
It's really not America any more. As Mark Levin says, we're now living in "post-Constitutional America." I call it the USSA.


32 posted on 07/08/2013 4:51:24 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: GeronL

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?


33 posted on 07/08/2013 4:52:11 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: DeaconRed
If you can’t do the time . . . . Don’t do the crime. . . .

RIGHT!!!!!11!!

Oh, by the way, everything is a crime.

You, of course, have your bail ready?

34 posted on 07/08/2013 4:52:59 AM PDT by Lazamataz (If illegal aliens voted (R), then the Dems would create the tightest border security in the world.)
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To: TexGrill
Only certain people have freedom of speech and can say or post anything they want without consequences...

Shame on everyone thinking it's ok that this guy is in jail.
35 posted on 07/08/2013 4:54:19 AM PDT by novemberslady
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To: EEGator

might be now if a foreigner complains I guess


36 posted on 07/08/2013 4:59:36 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: TexGrill

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.


37 posted on 07/08/2013 5:00:46 AM PDT by Earthdweller (Harvard won the election again...so what's the problem.......? Embrace a ruler today.)
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To: DeaconRed

What crime was that?


38 posted on 07/08/2013 5:03:49 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: GeronL

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
Etc...


39 posted on 07/08/2013 5:05:08 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: momincombatboots
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.

No, just Austin in this case.

40 posted on 07/08/2013 5:07:27 AM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: Redplum
Actually, no there's not. The Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and pretty much the rest of the rule of law disappeared in 2009.

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.

41 posted on 07/08/2013 5:11:57 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: TexGrill

Whatever happened to “innocent until proven guilty?” Why is the kid still behind bars? Was there no bail?


42 posted on 07/08/2013 5:12:33 AM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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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.

43 posted on 07/08/2013 5:18:11 AM PDT by ClaytonP
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To: TADSLOS

Austin has been lost for years. Houston and Dallas have followed them to the left along with the southern border counties.


44 posted on 07/08/2013 5:20:09 AM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: ClaytonP

That’s rather high.


45 posted on 07/08/2013 5:23:08 AM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: jespasinthru
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?

But that's different. Those are Holder's people. They can do and say whatever they want.

46 posted on 07/08/2013 5:25:19 AM PDT by meyer (When people fear the government, you have Tyranny)
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To: Popman
I went back to the article and saw his bail was 500,000 which is absurd....the judge should be horsewhipped....

Someone's going to jail for that remark .... (/sarc)

47 posted on 07/08/2013 5:26:48 AM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: TexGrill
Something I'm curious about:

“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.

48 posted on 07/08/2013 5:52:39 AM PDT by tsomer
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Justin Carter Facebook threat update: Comal County District Court in Texas sets bond hearing date

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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.
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Read more: http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/science_tech/justin-carter-facebook-threat-update-comal-county-district-court-in-texas-sets-bond-hearing-date#ixzz2YSVRK3us


49 posted on 07/08/2013 6:06:37 AM PDT by deport
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To: DeaconRed
"If you can’t do the time . . . . Don’t do the crime. . . ."

That's so 19th century.

Nowadays one doesn't know if one has committed a crime. We're all crimists.

50 posted on 07/08/2013 6:08:22 AM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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