Justin Carter Makes Bail After Anonymous $500K Donation

July 11, 2013 -

It looks like Texas teen (and League of Legends player) Justin Carter has made bail. Carter had been in jail for several months after someone reported to the police that he had made a "terrorist threat" on Facebook about shooting up a local school, killing children and eating their "still beating hearts."

Though Carter marked the Facebook message with indicators that it was a joke, Texas law enforcement didn't think it was very funny and charged him with making terrorist threats. A judge set his bail at $500,000 cash or $50,000 bond.

According to this MSNBC report, someone donated $500,000 to the family so they could bail Justin out:

"Justin Carter’s attorney has confirmed that Carter is out on bail as of Thursday, July 11. An “anonymous good Samaritan” donated $500,000 to the Carter family so they could make bail for Justin, said defense attorney Don Flanary," said an MSNBC report.

MSNBC’s All in with Chris Hayes will feature an interview tonight at 8 p.m. EST with Justin Carter’s father and defense attorney.

Source: Kotaku


Comments

Re: Justin Carter Makes Bail After Anonymous $500K Donation

This story has been so strange, because it wasn't facebook, according to some sources, it was League of Legends, so the fact that it was even able to be reported and treated with any seriousness, as if the government has secretly thought that League of Legends is some sort of terrorist gathering hotspot is pretty heinous.

Worse still, known murderers and violent criminal whom the police have already caught and dealt with for doing terrible things, like actually harming or killing another human being, don't even get bail set that high.

You don't get to make a terrible example out of a child over some overzealous anti-terrorism sentiment and then keep the half a million you forced them to pay out. That's not right.

Re: Justin Carter Makes Bail After Anonymous $500K Donation

Bail isn't meant to be kept by the court unless the defendant skips their trial date. It is meant to be an incentive to get them back to trial if they are let free to live outside the justice system between trial appearances. If the defendant skips their trial date, then bail is forfeit and is used as part of the bounty in many cases.

Re: Justin Carter Makes Bail After Anonymous $500K Donation

I was going to make a joke about being the donor, but someone may have taken me seriously.

Re: Justin Carter Makes Bail After Anonymous $500K Donation

Good to know.

The good that may come of this is someone thinking more carefullt about what they say.

Re: Justin Carter Makes Bail After Anonymous $500K Donation

A chilling effect on free speech is "good"?

Re: Justin Carter Makes Bail After Anonymous $500K Donation

It is absolutely insane that he was even in jail and even more insane that his bail was set so obscenely high. Glad someone was able to step in and do the right thing.

 
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