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Judge Leary

The judge's comments and his bail decision have mollified me.

Hooray for the judicial branch.

(Oh, and looking at the picture there, I got to say "OH! That Sean!" Oops! Well, I was already rootin' for ya. :)

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cityofbeige
Feb. 1st, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)
Judge Paul K. Leary seemed skeptical of the state's case, telling Grossman that the law requires that people must intend to create a panic to be charged with placing hoax devices.

Exactly. I think this was said in other comments on this topic. The most they can be charged with is the typical charges against vandals, such as trespass and disfiguring public property.
shaggy_man
Feb. 1st, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC)
Hooray, indeed.

I'm pretty sure that the whole reason charges were brought was as a misguided attempt by the city to save face. I can't imagine the state has any kind of a case.

I, on the other hand, am of the old-fashioned opinion that you generally shouldn't charge someone with a crime unless you think you can convict them.
navrins
Feb. 1st, 2007 08:26 pm (UTC)
I think also to deter copycats.

I mean, *I* was tempted yesterday afternoon to plant some obviously-not-a-bombs, just to make the cops look even more foolish. And I'm a pretty lawful (and lazy) guy by nature. There are plenty of people at certain well-known educational institutions who wouldn't be quite so easily deterred... but don't want to go to jail.
firstfrost
Feb. 1st, 2007 08:39 pm (UTC)
Though I think once you're deliberately planting them in an attempt to make the police think they're bombs, you *are* breaking the "hoax device" law in a way that people who think they're running a harmless ad campaign don't have the same intent to be mistaken for bombs. So, even if they don't go to jail, that doesn't save you. :)
shaggy_man
Feb. 1st, 2007 08:40 pm (UTC)
True, though I'm skeptical that this particular form of theater was needed to drive the point home.

That said, if they've a yen to mock the police, I trust in their creativity to think of a safer way, and doubt I'd be sorry if they did.
cityofbeige
Feb. 1st, 2007 10:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah, someone suggested putting pictures of bombs with the caption "ceci n'est pas une bomb" underneath it, ala Magritte.
jered
Feb. 2nd, 2007 01:48 am (UTC)
Check out the press conference.
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