You may not have heard about Justin Carter because he's just a kid in San Antonio who apparently made a tasteless joke among friends on Facebook. What he wrote was this:
"I'm f---ed in the head alright. I think I'ma (sic) shoot up a kindergarten and watch the blood of the innocent rain down and eat the beating heart of one of them."
He was arrested, has been in jail for months, and is actually facing 10 years in Federal prison for what may simply have been a stupid wisecrack.
Before international terrorism came along, back when I was a teen, I remember some tasteless jokes we thought were funny. When we told those jokes, it was just among friends and there was no way people outside our circle could even know what was said.
Some of the things we joked about when I was a teen, like dead baby jokes, today might be considered terroristic in today's America.
Bear in mind, all the authorities have are his words. They found no plans, weapons, or terroristic devices. Have we reached the point where a child can be at risk of possibly doing hard prison time based on words alone?
Read more about his case here. What do YOU think?
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The young women apparently used drugs and raped the men at gunpoint.
We do not have a justice system. We have a judicial system. There is a vast difference. We may never have had a justice system, but there is even less today.
I have always felt we took the wrong tack when we opted for a system based on confrontation instead of investigation.
In some other democracies, notably France, a trial is based on a judge conducting an investigation of the facts. American trials often turn into a s/he said s/he said situation.
Instead of both sides hiring experts whose job it is to bolster just their side of the case, in France the judge appoints or hires the experts from a pool of dispassionate investigators. You don't get a gun expert working for the prosecution opposed by one working for the defense, as in America, which often just confused juries.
Read more about how the two justice systems compare here.
Yep, it's Texas once again.
It seems that between Texas and Florida they account for about half the craziness in the country.
Texass and Florrduh are great Murikan states. Gawd Bless 'Murika! Amen.
According to court documents, Justin wrote "I'm f---ed in the head alright. I think I'ma (sic) shoot up a kindergarten and watch the blood of the innocent rain down and eat the beating heart of one of them."
Jack Carter said his son followed the claim with "LOL" and "J/K" -- indicating that the comment wasn't serious.
It was a sarcastic joke in reply to an insult. This is the norm in the world of gamechat and I've seen far worse comments than this, far far worse. Jesus. What is the world coming to?
He was stupid and disgusting in public. He should be grounded for a week.
Sitting in jail since February? You gotta be phuckin' kidding me. We incarcerate more people than any other country in the world. People routinely do more time for selling drugs than killing someone. Our judicial system and penal code is outdated and overly aggressive. If the context of this situation is not considered then a lot more adolescents can expect to visit the pokey.
Sitting in jail since February? You gotta be phuckin' kidding me
People sit in jail a lot longer than that.