Skip to comments.'This Is Going to Ruin My Entire Life': 18-Year-Old Aspiring Firefighter Charged With Felony...
Posted on 03/22/2014 1:11:25 PM PDT by markomalley
Eighteen year-old Jordan Wiser is training to be a firefighter. Hes a certified emergency vehicle operator who works as a first responder when hes not attending high school. And, after just spending 13 days in jail, hes now facing felony charges for weapons possession.
The weapon? A pocketknife. It was in his EMT vest, and he uses it to cut through seatbelts when hes practicing saving lives.
How did this happen? According to The Huffington Post, administrators at Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus in Jefferson, Ohio, where Wiser is enrolled, approached the student after someone informed them about videos Wiser had uploaded to YouTube. The videos include reviews of video games and merchandise, demonstrations on home-defense tactics, and an interview with a local police officer. Officials searched Wisers car in the school parking lot and found an assortment of items, including a pocketknife, a stun gun, and two Airsoft pellet guns. Wiser said the Airsoft guns were in his trunk because he planned to participate in the sport after school. The stun gun was locked in his glove compartment for self-defense. The pocketknife was inside his EMT medical vest.
For the possession of the pocketknife alone, police arrested and jailed Wiser for 13 days for conveying a weapon onto school groundsa felony under Ohio law.
Unfortunately, this isnt the first time Heritage has written about teenagers victimized by weapons ordinances. Last year, Cobb County, Georgia police arrested and charged 17-year-old Cody Chitwood with a felony for bringing weapons into a school zone. The weapons were fishing knives, and they were in his truck, in a tackle box.
At first glance, such weapons ordinances sound sensible. But the criminal law contains the harshest punishments the state metes out, and it should be applied in a proportionate manner. Simply put, its absurd to ruin a kids life over a pocketknife that he uses to save lives.
Jordan has already been expelled from high school and technical school. The Army terminated his participation in its Future Soldiers program, pending a not guilty verdict or the charges being dropped without prejudice. Wiser realizes hes in dire straits: Im 18 years old, and this is going to ruin my entire life.
Youd think that Wiser has already endured enough. But theres no sign that the state will drop the chargesquite the contrary, in fact. We charge [people] with everything that we feel they are guilty of, and in this case, he is guilty of a felony, said Ashtabula County assistant prosecutor Harold Specht in an unapologetic statement. He added, I know that theres a load of people out here that just think were the devil because were allegedly ruining this young kids life, and thats not the case at all.
Perhaps additional facts will come to light. But, as it stands, this incident looks like a shameful exercise of prosecutorial discretionsomething of which residents of Ashtabula County should take note come November, when the countys prosecutor, Nicholas Iarocci, is up for re-election. Unless Iaroccis office is saving some damning revelation for Wisers trial, the charges against this young man are unjustified, and should be dropped before they cause him any more suffering.
Looks like a good case for jury nullification to me.
Another daily example that so-called academics are often the most stupid and bureaucratic people you will meet
zero tolerance rules and laws create regulatory, bureaucrat and police zombies - no minds, no ability to reason, no ability to put anything in context, just mindlessly follow rules
What was the justification for searching his car? Uploading Youtube videos featuring home defense techniques, and video game reviews seems pretty thin, even if officials are claiming probable cause.
We charge people with everything we think they are guilty of.
Sounds okay until you realize common sense is tossed out the window. The real problem with prosecutors is they all think its a stepping stone politically. Win loss record.
I have to admit, I’ve been around for a pretty good while. As such, my memory isn’t as sharp as it once was. Does anyone recall exactly when this nation just went batsh#t, crazy?
Agreed, nullification, I don’t see how they can get a jury to go along with this crap.
Liberal Legalism - manufactured and biased legislation designed for a specific political purpose that perons others than the authors of said legislation are to follow to enhance the lifestyles of liberals. The authors are exempt from said laws by design.
No, they're the devil because they're likely applying the school's "zero tolerance" policy and prosecuting this kid to the hilt.
Zero Tolerance policies are nothing more than an excuse for those in charge to not THINK about the individual circumstances of a situation to then determine what action if any is warranted -- OR NOT warranted in this case.
I hope jury nullification is applied or some judge with common sense steps in, after which this kid sues the piss out of every dumb asshole who went after him. It'd serve them right.
There's been rumblings for a long time. I thought that a couple years into Clinton's first term there was a sea change in the vociferousness of the left and the corruption of the Executive Branch. GWB didn't undo that--it festered underneath him, and re-erupted worse than ever with Obama's election.
This is what the NWO police state looks like.
Iarocci is building his career.
The entire nation? That would be November 4th, 2008.
That's the concept. But I suspect that most jurists haven't heard of jury nullification, complements of institutionally indoctrinated judges.
For freepers and lurkers who don't know what jury nulification is, it is jury power to "repeal" the law(s) that the defendent is accused of breaking, giving the defendent a "not guilty." Such a repeal is applicable only to the case that they are hearing. Corrections welcome.
WOwsa. They kicked him out of school, they kicked him out of technical school, they held him for 13 days in jail, the Army kicked him out of his Future Soldiers programs, and he’s facing a felony charge?
This is stupid. He is right. This will ruin his life as he had it planned out.
This is a ridiculous charge.
When I was a little girl I believed that things got better as a person grew older. I thought that I could trust the authorities over me to be good and to work for the benefit of others. I know now that simply isn’t true, at least not for my generation. There really is no justice in the world these days. I suppose I have lived too long.
even if officials are claiming probable cause.
That is not enough for an exigent search of his car. If they did not have a warrant, they have no grounds to search his car.
Unless there is some Code of Conduct, or School Handbook that informs students that being on the grounds is implied consent. Didn’t think of it until minutes after I posted my first comment. Provided, this kid was issued a handbook, that could be the grounds on which “officials” could search his vehicle.
At the very least, the a-hole prosecutor should be pressured into accepting a plea to a lesser misdemeanor. Judges have some influence over lawyers, especially those who desire long and profitable careers, and any judge worth his robe would use this as an occasion to exert some influence over this prosecutor.
I don't think you're the devil, Mr. Prosecutor. But I do think you're a "power pervert" getting your jollies.
I sent this to my Firefighter/EMT/Paramedic brother in TX. Hopefully, he and his brothers will rise up.
Unfortunately, the consent-for-search, high-school, parking permit was likely signed and accepted without comment by this teen’s parents.
ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS, add an aterisk that the high school must obtain your permission or obtain a 4th-Amendment-probable-cause warrant to search your child’s vehicle on school property.
Demand a jury trial. A jury can decide not to follow a bad law and vote not guilty. Or if only one refused to vote guilty he could be let off when the prosecutor dose not refill.
There isn't much associated with laws or management regarding schools these days that is "sensible."
Perfect description of today's communists liberal teachers. Few exceptions.
Unfortunately, he and his parents likely signed the high school’s parking-permit application which consents to a search of the vehicle under any circumstances. See my post up-thread.
Liberals have no common sense and it’s part of the liberal disease in which all rational thought is removed from host.
Only two options I see:
Quarantine them in Europe where they will assimilate and become fodder for the Muslim take over there.
Only other option is to eradicate them here.
Even if he wins, he and his family will likely be bankrupted by the legal fees.
He is being overcharged so that he will be under overwhelming pressure to accept a plea bargain, which will very negatively impact his future.
This whole incident is a "lesson" to conservatives: say anything that Lib officials dislike, and your life will be ended.
Regardless of the consent to search, there still must be some reasonable basis to conduct such a search. Having someone know that he uploaded video on U tube, presumably not taken on campus, seems to me to be a far stretch of that basis. Now if someone approached the school officials and said I saw he had a knife or I heard him say he had a knife with him, that easily meets the standards and frankly they would not need a consent form. Without knowing all the facts that never come out in a short story, I would be unwise to bet the farm on my answer. However, if there are none but what is reported, I would bet the judge, not wanting to get in the middle of a disaster, would rule the search unreasonable just to derail this case. Bad cases make bad law.
If I were this kid and got this thrown out, I would make it my life’s work to ensure that prosecutor had me to contend with every time he ran for office. I’d hound him to the point of exhaustion just to make a point. Of course, i would do it within the law. 13 days in jail already, this is a travesty!
I have to agree.
Bush was far too quiet about the excesses of the left, and refused to slap them down when they attacked him and the American way of life. His passive approach to domestic governing (other than the detested Patriot Act) is one of the most unforgivable things about his tenure.
He effectively enabled the crap we see now by not using his time to reverse the leftist gains during Clintoon, and also not purging ALL 'toon appointees from government.
This is how tryants create patriots. My heart goes out to young man.
Jury Nullification is an awesome idea...
Ten years ago, But now I think we are in a sit-u where the liberal application of Tar and Feathers and Rope is the only Rx that will get us back on track...
November 4th, 2008 is when it became painfully obvious but I think the country went nuts well before that day. It was a gradual thing, no one can name a date of certainty, it just built up over time, the assassination of JFK probably set off the real runup to full blown craziness. At some point long past I realized that people who would have been committed to mental institutions in the fifties were starting to take over the government and people who would have been held up as role models back then were being ridiculed as if they were the crazy ones. At this point everything is downside up and bass ackwards. If you want to be scornfully dismissed as a real nutcase now just say something that actually makes sense.
The despicable prosecutor, living off tax dollars, in this case is a DemocRAT:
“Nick Iarocci will take over as Ashtabula County prosecutor Dec. 1, until the Democratic Central Committee appoints a permanent replacement for Ashtabula County Prosecutor Tom Sartini....”
Iarocci is simply another DemocRAT out to destroy yet another good citizen who believes in the 2nd amendment and may likely be a Republican. This is going on across our nation.
I’ve carried a pocketknife almost every day since I was 10 years old.
Take it to a jury. I don’t think a jury would convict.
Pretty safe to do it that way. It gets too complicated if you bring reasonable judgment into play. Follow the rules and you get to keep your job and your tenure.
Too bad the idea of tar and feathering and being run out of town on a rail isn't still in vogue. If that were part of these bureaucrats (that call themselves teachers) risk assessment, things would change.
The absolutely despicable prosecutor of this case intends to “seek re-election”-—RE-ELECTION to an office to which he was never actually elected.
“JEFFERSON Ashtabula County Prosecutor Nicholas Iarocci has formally declared his intention to seek re-election in November, according to the county Board of Elections....”
How he became the prosecutor:
Case such as this one help repay the prosecutor’s debt to the “Democratic Central Committee”.
“That is not enough for an exigent search of his car. If they did not have a warrant, they have no grounds to search his car.”
The rules are different for vehicles parked on school property, and some schools go a step further and collect consent to search when issuing parking passes.
Further, the Supreme Court has ruled that while teens on school property do have reasonable expectations of privacy, the court believes such privacy should be balanced against a school’s interest in providing a “suitable environment for learning” Relevant case: New Jersey v. T.L.O (1985)
In other words, PC and search and seizure work a bit differently with schoolkids on school property. Don’t expect the courts to honor the same rights in children on school property that they honor in adults in public. Not saying it’s right, just saying there’s a hole there you can step in.
I wonder if he knows who it was who set him up?
A felony for having your rescue knife in your car. Just effing wonderful.
So what bug does the prosecutor have up his butt? No reasonable public safety or taxpayer interest is served by that kind of persecution.
Sounds to me like the kid was destined to be a taxpayer, and was aiming for a productive career in military and community service. Now, what’s he going to do if the prosecutor gets his way?
Jury nullification doesn’t change the law.
It simply means the jury decides to ignore it as inapplicable for the particular case.
It should be noted that jury nullification can be used to reach evil/bad decisions as well as good ones.
Kids brought jack knives to school every day in elementary school. We sometimes played mumbely peg at recess.
I continue to say that all these frivolous charges containing felony status are about taking away voting rights. Strip all Second Amendment supporters of their voting rights and you have a permanent liberal/progressive voting majority who can do just about anything they please. These laws are the worst form of discrimination and I can foresee they will lead to unintended consequences.
And there is arguably a great chasm between “environment suitable for learning” and such paper peccadilloes as this.
If someone brought things intended to be used as weapons in a brawl that’s another story, but that means one actually has to be prepared to make a case in court and that’s too HARD. Instead, criminalize every incidental even though 99% of it will never lead to mischief. Good Job, America!
Like OJ? "If the glove don't fit, you must acquit."