Donald H. Flanary III, the attorney for Justin Carter, the 19-year-old Texan jailed for raging on Facebook after playing "League of Legends," stated that the bail amount set for Carter is more than three times what some murderers face.
The judge presiding over Carter's case set bail at $500,000.
"It's outrageous," Flanary told CNN. "I've represented murderers and their bond was $150,000." That is less than a third of the bail set for Justin Carter, who was accused of making a terroristic threat after posting violent but allegedly sarcastic comments on Facebook after playing "League of Legends." Carter is currently being held at the Comal County Jail near San Antonio, and has been there since February.
After reading what Flanary said, we wanted to see if the numbers checked out. It didn't take us long to come up with examples of murder suspects who received bail amounts which were staggeringly smaller or at least comparable to the $500,000 bail amount set for Justin Carter.
In 2011, Brandon Mitchell, a murder suspect, faced bail amounts of $50,000 and $250,000.
In May, Georgios Spyropoulos, who was accused of devising a torture and murder plot, faced a bail amount of $600,000.
Daniel Walker, a New Jersey man charged with attempted murder, faced a bail amount of $500,000.
It looks like there's some considerable weight behind Flanary's words. How could a kid who merely wrote an insensitive Facebook comment be facing $500,000 bail when murder suspects have faced similar or smaller amounts? We'll talk to some attorneys and see what they have to say about the events of this case so far.
What do you think of the bail amount set for Justin Carter? Is it too much or too little, and why? Do you think Justin Carter should go to prison for his comments? Why or why not? Are you a "League of Legends" or online gamer? If so, what are the worst comments you've heard and seen made by gamers, in-game or not? Sound off in the comments below.
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