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Teenager in jail since March for sarcastic Internet comment faces 8 years in prison

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A teenager from Texas could spend the next eight years in prison if a court decides that the sarcastic comment he made during an online argument is enough to convict him of issuing a terroristic threat.
 
Justin Carter was only 18 years old when he and a friend got into an online spat over Facebook back in February with another person. They were arguing about the computer game “League of Legends,” his dad told a local ABC affiliate, but one snarky remark made by the teen was apparently enough to raise suspicion in one woman who was watching the conversation unfold all the way up in Canada.
 
“Someone had said something to the effect of 'Oh you're insane, you're crazy, you're messed up in the head,’” father Jack Carter told KKVUE News, “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.’”
 
According to the parent, the teenager from Texas followed up that remark with the phrases “LOL” and “JK”— Internet shorthand for “Laugh out Loud” and “Just Kidding.” The Canadian witness wasn’t amused, however, and reportedly conducted a cursory Google search to find out more about the sarcastic gamer. That information led her to learn that the Carter household is located close to a local elementary school, prompting her to alert the police.
 
Carter, who has since turned 19, was arrested in late March and has so far spent three months and one day behind bars. His trial is slated to begin in July, and if convicted of “making a terroristic threat” he could spend most of his twenties in federal prison.

 

 

http://rt.com/usa/prison-years-teenager-sarcastic-383/

 

 

Here is another example of the laws we are making that are only supposed to be used against the bad guys. When these laws are passed we all say "keep your nose clean and you have nothing to worry about.

 

The reality is you can lob the terrorist label on anyone and get away with indefinite detention without bail. Because a terrorist is a danger to society. I'm sure the laws after 9-11 were not intended to be used against silly facebook posts but here we are.

 

I have no idea how rights organizations are all over this absurdity but it is the world we live in.

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Good. It's time for you fugers to start taking the Internet more seriously.

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I get investigating it, taking him into custody until they are sure he had no plans to do so - but if the only "evidence" that he had any inclination to do this was that offhand comment on facebook, he should have been released.  At the same time, I take poo like that seriously so I see nothing wrong with initially investigating it.

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I get investigating it, taking him into custody until they are sure he had no plans to do so - but if the only "evidence" that he had any inclination to do this was that offhand comment on facebook, he should have been released. At the same time, I take poo like that seriously so I see nothing wrong with initially investigating it.

Yup.

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He is out because an anonymous person posted a 500k bond.

Disgusting

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Bunch of gamers...

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He is out because an anonymous person posted a 500k bond.

Disgusting

 

That is a ridiculous bond, I agree.

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I understand precaution, but c'mon man

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poo like this is what should be on the headline news. 

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I for one am glad we are cracking down on gamers

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