Teen jailed after League of Legends argument hopeful for case dismissal

19-year-old Justin Carter will file motion for dismissal on August 12, according to lawyer.

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The Texas teenager jailed after comments made on Facebook following a League of Legends match is hopeful that his case will be dismissed. Speaking with Kotaku, Justin Carter's lawyer, Don Flanary, said he will file a motion for dismissal on August 12.

"I think the law is definitely on our side," Flanary said.

Carter was arrested in March after he said on Facebook following a League of Legends match that he was going to "shoot up" a school and "eat their still, beating hearts," according to his father.

He reportedly followed up these comments with "LOL" and "JK." A woman in Canada saw his comments and informed the police, who arrested Carter for making a terrorist threat.

Carter's comments came just months after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut, where 20 children and six adults were killed.

According to Flanary, Carter was charged without full context or understanding of his comments. "It's clearly sarcasm," Flanary said. "They charged him before looking at the entire thread."

An "anonymous Good Samaritan" posted Carter's $500,000 bail last week. He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Discussion

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goldenagegamer
goldenagegamer

Arrest Obama for all the Innocent People he has Droned to death

SoreBastard
SoreBastard

How many years did the Steubenville kids get again? 

zenstrata
zenstrata

There is a difference between saying something, and doing something.  The justice system needs to figure this out.

People say Lots of really dumb things.  If everyone got put in jail for saying dumb stuff, then everyone would be a criminal.  The problem now is we live in a society of fear so the reactions that some people have to stuff people just randomly joke about is completely out of whack.

People need to calm down and realize that not everyone is out to get us.

jark888
jark888

Oh, now we've learned that Posting on Facebook can be this scary.

pandamonium000
pandamonium000

Seriously?! 10 years?  This kid has probably never been in trouble and never will, he just made an stupid distasteful joke.  !0 years in a jail will do him some good because everyone that goes to jail for that long come back a better person. (sarcasm, I feel I need to specify this now) If he goes we will just have one more criminal walking the street that could have been avoided.  Give this kid some community service and call it a day

Dreizel
Dreizel

Free country my ass.

Mega_Skrull
Mega_Skrull

Ok, I think the kid learned the lesson and he did deserve the scare for making such a bad joke, but you can let him go now, don't overdo it

tightwad34
tightwad34

Really hope this kid goes free, but I hope even more he learned a lesson and that's that free speech has some boundaries. You really can't joke around about shit like that. I have a sick and twisted sense of humor, but that's not cool, to me at least, but he shouldn't spend 10 years in jail for it. That would be a travesty.

berserker66666
berserker66666

I think the U.S Justice system is the BEST in the world.......................LOL. JK.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

If this kid was muslim or black he would have been in prison already. The fact that it was a canadian woman who called authorities is kind of a big deal too. Russia tried to warn the US about the Boston guys before it happened and it got a cursory glance and was ignored. It taught them that all threats need to be taken seriously. Even if this guy said lol and j/k etc. it doesn't make it right to make threats against children at a school.

straightcur
straightcur

you're 19, GROW UP!!!

but definitely a complete over reaction by the cops.  only in America , land of the ______?

SkytheWiz1
SkytheWiz1

I know a lot of people are screaming First Amendment - and I agree with you, for the most part - but where DO we draw the line?

If he'd said this, the police were called, and they DIDN'T do anything... and then he followed through with it, there'd be backlash across the nation about how police don't follow through on tips.

There's no win here. He was investigated. The case is being considered. No, it's likely not going anywhere - but it's a lesson. Sarcasm, joking, whatever - talking about killing kids (especially when so many are tense about it already) is not going to be taken lightly.

acelogan1989
acelogan1989

sarcasm comment on facebook = terrorist threat 

bwahahhahahahahah . .  so stupid

asendedtrunks
asendedtrunks

@Sigby23I'm going to report you to the police for your thought crime too then -  "I don't care how sarcastic you are, if I ever heard anyone say that in front of me I'd slap the Sh!t out of them for being so dumb to say something that stupid."

The irony is just hilarious.

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

@zenstrata Hey zenstrata, I'm just really really curious but your avatar pic, is it by chance a colecovision game?  It looks REALLY familiar.....

OldKye
OldKye

@jark888 Lol when wasn't it I'm sorry to say but the only people who read your facebook posts are people trying to dig dirt up on you.

Everyone else doesn't care about yours they want you to read "theirs" or at the very least their reply to yours lol.

The whole idea of it was problematic from the start.

adroge1
adroge1

@berserker66666 There is no justice system. It's a legal system. The idea of "justice" is for the peasants.

Don_Mattrick
Don_Mattrick

@bunchanumbers That's racist...but that's only in America.

furrynic
furrynic

@SkytheWiz1 No u wrong. What they should have done is go and investigate the whole thing. It looks more like they didn't do that. They just went and arrested him without even bothering to read the whole thing and investigating and understanding the situation.

BillyColeman
BillyColeman

@SkytheWiz1 Tips ummm the chick was from CAN if your not from the USA i don't think you should be allowed to call in a tip let alone call it terrorism. the fact is the First Amendment is starting to smell like bull shit

tightwad34
tightwad34

@Don_Mattrick Yes, the Cheerios commercial thing was the biggest farce I can remember, well it doesn't get anymore ridiculous than that. When I saw the commercial I thought nothing about it. Never crossed my mind. I barely noticed there even was an interracial couple. Sad, sad and moronic if you ask me. They should ask the little girl if she gives a shit and you know she would probably be like WTF are you talking about?

adroge1
adroge1

@OldKye @jark888 Facebook/Twitter is basically a place where people can hang themselves with their own stupidity/foolishness. Eyes are everywhere. Look what happened to Adam Orth... to name but one example.

Albelnox0
Albelnox0

@BillyColeman @SkytheWiz1 It was a threat, you can't just say your going to kill people and then say you're kidding afterwards.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@Albelnox0 I'm afraid that if he was a muslim he would have to hide for the rest of his life or get the hell out of dodge in order to have any sort of normal life.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

@tightwad34 @Don_Mattrick lol it didn't even cross my mind that there was a interracial couple. I had to watch it just to see what the fuss was about and I thought it was a cute commercial nothing more. 

OldKye
OldKye

@jark888 @OldKye My point is the same lol, doesn't really matter what they are "Posting/writing" about most of the people are looking for dirt.

Your ex girlfriend/boyfriend, your current one, your co-workers, heck even friends and family some times.

You'd be surprised how many people use facebook for that at least some of the time.

I personally have a friend in jail cause his facebook did something illegal talked about it on his wall police followed up and used it as evidence.

Be careful what you post there.

k1DBLITZ
k1DBLITZ

@Don_Mattrick @tightwad34 @Albelnox0 " If i was a Muslim, i won't go to America, they'll kill me there" That is an absurd statement.

"i'll happily live in the muslim world or EU or any other place that isn't America."

But you'll gladly post on our websites, play our video games, use our internet and operating systems, etc, etc, etc. Hypocrite. 

Don_Mattrick
Don_Mattrick

@tightwad34 @Albelnox0 If i was a Muslim, i won't go to America, they'll kill me there :I, i'll happily live in the muslim world or EU or any other place that isn't America.

Don_Mattrick
Don_Mattrick

@k1DBLITZ @Don_Mattrick @LilithN Yeah right "stereotype" it's a fact sir, i know a muslim friend who went to the states and got his nose punched broken because  guess why?...he's a muslim.

Such an uncivilized racist country.

And the Cheerios commercial controversy , that was THEE most  disgusting thing i saw/heard in my life, and it came from your lovely nice country.

Ugh.

k1DBLITZ
k1DBLITZ

@Don_Mattrick @LilithN "I just don't get you Americans, why are you like that?" The irony of this comment is hilarious. You question a stereotype with a stereotype. LOL. FAIL!

Don_Mattrick
Don_Mattrick

@LilithN How does that make it a threat to Earth?.

I'm sorry but it's just you Americans, i mean here where i live in EU, i have lots of Muslim friends, my English and physics teacher was muslim, Afghans here were their traditional clothing just fine, even in our national TV muslims can discuss their muslim community problems, it's just because people here in EU are civilized and understanding.

Hell even in KSA they respect you Americans, i went there ('cause of my father job) and  Saudis just  keep saying to me welcome to KSA "if you want help i can help you" welcome Amriki ( that means American, even though i'm not American), and i've had no prob whatsoever in there, i actually like it.

Weirdly enough, when i went there, i thought they will be furious about you "Amrikis"...but i was wrong :/, i guess they are more civilized than Americans.

I just don't get you Americans, why are you like that?

Don_Mattrick
Don_Mattrick

@LilithN If you read the history books , the muslims are the major reason we left the dark ages mate.

And no, i'm not a muslim, and your comment is really and i'm sorry for this...ignorant.

warorpeace2020
warorpeace2020

@LilithN as catholicism is. with all those reports on the vatican's bancary frauds, and reports from children being molested by priest get's it also as a dangerous religion. though im quite relieved the inquisition doesnt live anymore, one of the great conquest of our beloved 20th (century*)

LilithN
LilithN

@sword-man @Albelnox0 @acelogan1989  That is true, however the muslim religion in itself is a threat on earth. At least with the other big religions stoning a woman for adultery is still not in practice, and the prophets are not provenly child molesters, which in my opinion thus approved by said religion, and showing a picture of their prophet does not draw animalistic murderous reaction.We have left the Dark Middle Ages by a few centuries, someone should inform them.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

@tightwad34 @bunchanumbers I really feel like American citizens have lost 25-40 IQ points in the last 30 years. I don't know where we went wrong but its pretty disheartening.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@bunchanumbers Yeah, that's all it was and that's what it was meant to be. Shit like that makes my faith in humanity lower even more.