We've written a few times about Justin Carter
, the teenager in Texas who has been held in jail (at times, in solitary confinement) since March because of an obviously sarcastic trash-talking joke
he made on Facebook, which a woman in another country saw and reported to the police as a "terroristic threat." As of today, it appears that Carter is finally out of jail
, thanks to someone anonymously donating the money for his $500,000 bail:
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.
First of all, that's an impressive "good Samaritan." Second, this whole thing is a travesty. He clearly never should have been arrested, never should have been held in jail for months, and should have been released and had everything dropped the second anyone with more than half a dozen brain cells looked at what he actually said and the context of it. The fact that he's been in jail all of this time, and that bail was set at an outrageous $500k -- and, of course, the fact that he's still facing charges of making a "terroristic threat" -- are complete travesties, showing a justice system that is out of control.