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An Anonymous Donor Just Put Up $500,000 to Get Justin Carter Out on Bail

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Justin Carter, the 19-year-old Texas teen who's been in jail since March 27 for making a tasteless joke on Facebook about shooting up a school, is now free on bond. NPR reports that an anonymous donor forked over $500,000 to pay his bail

Carter plans to stay near New Braunfels, Texas, to await his trial on a felony terroristic threat charge.

"He's glad he's out. His family is ecstatic. He feels good. He is relieved. It's been an ordeal," said Don Flanary, Carter's attorney. Flanary said he got a call Wednesday from the sympathetic donor, who said he wanted to help. The donor wired the money last night. "We got a cashier's check cut this morning and got [Carter] out. He's free," said Flanary.

Carter, who was indicted by a Comal County grand jury in April, has gotten global attention because of the First Amendment questions raised by his case and the high bail that kept him behind bars for nearly five months. Flanary told NPR last week that he had represented "murderers, rapists, terrorists" and none had had such high bail.

Carter will be staying with his family as his case winds through the courts. Flanary says the donor wants to remain anonymous. "He is betting $500,000 that Justin will show up for court," Flanary said. "At the completion of the case, the court will return the money to us, and we'll return it to the wonderful person who sent it."

More on Carter's case here

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  1. Every time I read about this it infuriates me.

    1. I mean, it’s nice that someone put up the bail. That doesn’t infuriate me.

      1. I agree. There are a few hot button speech issues that just defy all logic and one of them is in any way, shape or form, referencing shooting (or bombing) and schools. Ex-post columbine, there are few quicker ways to get yourself indicted than jokingly referencing such a thing. This case is a blatant injustice. We have a saying at my precinct, “if it happens on facebook (or myspace) it’s not a crime” iow we recognize that a lot of the hyperbole and bullshit on social media is just that. But CP’s, and especially parents always want people charged for the most ridiculous shit that happens on facebook. Usually, I tell them to contact Facebook themselves and get the offending comments removed, but just because Sally Sass-a-lot calls your daughter a slut on facebook doesn’t require police involvement.

      2. I agree. There are a few hot button speech issues that just defy all logic and one of them is in any way, shape or form, referencing shooting (or bombing) and schools. Ex-post columbine, there are few quicker ways to get yourself indicted than jokingly referencing such a thing. This case is a blatant injustice. We have a saying at my precinct, “if it happens on facebook (or myspace) it’s not a crime” iow we recognize that a lot of the hyperbole and bullshit on social media is just that. But CP’s, and especially parents always want people charged for the most ridiculous shit that happens on facebook. Usually, I tell them to contact Facebook themselves and get the offending comments removed, but just because Sally Sass-a-lot calls your daughter a slut on facebook doesn’t require police involvement.

        1. just because Sally Sass-a-lot calls your daughter a slut on facebook doesn’t require police involvement.

          Yet.

          1. It may, however, persuade some officers to call your daughter. :}

  2. Holy shit! $500,000 grand is ridiculous for anything short of murder.

    1. They ought to call it “five-zeroes tolerance”. 8-(

    2. I’m betting R C Dean. He’s a lawyer for a hospital, so he must have forked over a week’s graft.

  3. Thoughtcrime is death.

  4. So was it a commenter?

    1. I’m thinking that it must have been one of those ultra civil rights loving, extremely tolerant, commenters from HuffPo.

      /Sarc

      1. It couldn’t have been a libertarian. A true libertarian would have posted his bail on the condition that he agree to indenture himself to work in the monocle factory.

        1. He’s too old for the monocle factory.

          He’d have to go to work in the coal mine.

          1. Coal? Don’t you mean the DIAMOND mine? What are you, some sort of cheap-ass conservative?

      2. I’m thinking it’s somebody who doesn’t realize that posting bail can is going to get him indicted for aiding and abetting a terrorist.

        1. “Providing material support to a terrorist or terrorist organization” I think is the technical term.

    2. This is what we need, a libertarian Batman throwing his untold wealth at worthy causes, foiling the agents of tyranny in secret while maintaining appearances as a wealthy gentleman

  5. who is the douchebag DA who demanded such high bail, and where is the campaign to have him disbarred i can contribute to?

    1. Her, actually. Comal County District Attorney Jennifer Tharp, according to the WSJ.

      1. Figures. Some pants-wetting Cuntnuck bitch sees the comments on facebook, and then another pants wetting bitch of a DA decides to go all out to nail this little fucker’s balls to the wall. How much you want to bet that she has a kid at the elementary school that’s close to where the guy lives?

    2. This is truly one of the most outrageous violations of human rights that I have read about, in a long time, well, ever. And that’s saying a lot.

      I would definitely contribute money to some type of action to try achieving some sort of justice in this case.

      1. “This is truly one of the most outrageous violations of human rights that I have read about, in a long time, well, ever.”

        You don’t read much world news, or history, do you?

  6. I think justice in this case would be having the judge that kept him in prison all of that time, be thrown into the same jail that Justin was in, for the same amount of time, with no bail possible.

    1. That would be real justice. Unfortunately, judges and prosecutors are largely immune from making bad decisions which ruin people’s lives. Truly one of the worst things about our legal system — government immunity.

      1. I hope someday, they will lose all immunity and will be vulnerable to lawsuits. This would make them use their power with more discretion.

  7. ustin Carter, the 19-year-old Texas teen who’s been in jail since March 27 for making a tasteless joke on Facebook about shooting up a school,

    And remember kidz, we’re moar free than evah!

    1. As long as there is some place less free than we are, we should rejoice!

      1. So we rejoice right up until we’re North Korea.

        1. Even then, Tulpa and Cytotoxic will be cheering for Murika, from their cots in the gulag.

          1. Until their asses get shanked.

            I plan on having all sorts of epic gulag tattoos, like one portraying Obama as a demon who is fellating Warty.

            Or anything on this page, really:

            http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/danzig baldaev

            1. one portraying Obama as a demon who is fellating Warty.

              Ok, but then you’d had to actually know what Warty looks like, AND be willing to tattoo it on your skin. I can’t imagine doing either, personally. The one full description sarc tried to post was rejected by the squirrels for being too graphic. It’s the only time I’ve seen an “error 666”.

        2. So we rejoice right up until we’re North Korea.

          That seemed to be the opinion of several posters on the 4th of July. Believing in certain Natural Rights is being a “crybaby” because we still have more than other people.

  8. So, a woman who is NOT amongst his FB family alerts the police about this and he was still in jail? Hopefully, that dopey, nosey woman is the one who posted the bond.

  9. I read a Canadian woman is behind this nonsense. On behalf of reasonable Canadians everywhere, sorry.

    And fuck that DA. Lol. JK.

  10. I bet the NSA knows who the anonymous donor is.

  11. Thank you, anonymous donor.

    1. Yes. That too.

  12. Finally, some good news. Here’s hoping when this case goes to trial the jury will set a record for fasted aquittal. Or better yet, the judge will laugh the prosecutor out of his courtroom and tell him to stop wasting the state’s time. One can always hope right?

  13. SOunds like some serious smack dude.

    http://www.Privacy-Planet.com

  14. So sick of prosecutors and police having unchecked power to jail people and ruin their lives over the most spurious of circumstances. They must be held accountable to the people they serve! No more immunity! People whom they harass should be able to sue them and they should have to pay out of pocket!

  15. here the scum ball DA facebook facebook*com*JenniferTharpDA She looks like a redneck .

  16. They violated the law and the constitution in so many ways on this it’s difficult to count them all.

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