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Stupid Retarded Ridiculousness

Posted By on November 27, 2008

From the NYT:

LOS ANGELES — A federal jury here issued what legal experts said was the country’s first cyberbullying verdict Wednesday, convicting a Missouri woman of three misdemeanor charges of computer fraud for her involvement in creating a phony account on MySpace to trick a teenager, who later committed suicide.

I don’t know if you’ve followed this story or not, but let me start by saying I have nothing but contempt for a grown woman who spends her time – or any time at all – taunting her school-age kids’ friends on MySpace. I mean, when I was 13 I too old for that crap. (Ok, maybe 15.) Never mind forty-something, or however old she is.

But – and this is the crucial point here – doing something pathetic, or even contemptible – is not the same as being a criminal.

In this case a Federal US Attorney – a man nominated for his post by George Bush, president of the United States – personally led the prosecution of this housewife for her involvement in “creating a phony account on MySpace.”

Really? Creating a phony account on MySpace is a crime? A Federal crime, worthy of the personal attention of the US Attorney for the Central District of California?

Apparently this whole “orange alert” thing is a bunch of BS, then, since the US Attorney for California has time to prosecute phony MySpace accounts.

All I’ve got to say is I’m NOT taking my shoes off next time I get on a plane.

And btw, aren’t ALL MySpace accounts more or less phony? When was the last time anybody told the truth about themselves on MySpace?

Here’s what Mr. O’Brien has to say: ““If you are going to attempt to annoy or go after a little girl and you’re going to use the Internet to do so,” he said, “this office and others across the country will hold you responsible.”

US Attorney for the Central District of California Thomas O'Brien

US Attorney for the Central District of California Thomas O'Brien

Jeez. I hope Mr. Thomas O’Douchebag doesn’t find MY posts annoying.


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