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Originally posted by quango
I'd be a lot more concerned if these emails had been personal - from a friend to a friend, say - but the fact is, he sent them to the Mayor and to the White House - what did he think would happen?
I'm pretty sure threatening the President has always been frowned upon.
I AM interested in what kind of sentencing they throw down, considering the young age of 13. But other than that...
Originally posted by Lady of the Lake
That's it - he is 13 years old. Why not just go around and have chat with him - 'not smart young chap and all of that'.
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
I agree with you. The kid probably had no idea what he was doing was illegal. Else why would he have done it, thinking he wouldn't get caught?
Originally posted by quango
By 13, you should know it's wrong to send threatening emails to anybody or about anybody.
§ 871. Threats against President and successors to the Presidency
(a) Whoever knowingly and willfully deposits for conveyance in the mail or for a delivery from any post office or by any letter carrier any letter, paper, writing, print, missive, or document containing any threat to take the life of, to kidnap, or to inflict bodily harm upon the President of the United States, the President-elect, the Vice President or other officer next in the order of succession to the office of President of the United States, or the Vice President-elect, or knowingly and willfully otherwise makes any such threat against the President, President-elect, Vice President or other officer next in the order of succession to the office of President, or Vice President-elect, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.
Title 18, Part 1, Chapter 41, Sub Section 871.
Even if the boy planned on actually trying to make good on the threat he would stand about 0 chance of success to do harm to Bush.
WestPoint, do you think that a 13 year old would have read that sub-section of that law? Did you read any law subparagraphs and watchamacallits when you were 13?
Bush 'not threatened'
30/03/2006 14:53 - (SA)
Florence - A 13-year-old boy who authorities originally said threatened President George W Bush actually made the threat against a school, not the president, said police.
...On Wednesday, Cloyd said the student did not make a direct threat against Bush, instead, the teen was charged with making a terrorist threat against the school.
Originally posted by Skibum
I guess that we should just overlook a 13 year old making a threat against his school then?