It's safe to wear light-up sweatshirts in Boston again - or is it?

Star Simpson, everybody's favorite LED-bedecked MIT student, got pre-trial probation today after Suffolk County prosecutors acknowledged they didn't have enough evidence to actually charge her with a felony.

(but read on ...)

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OldProfessorBear (author) 9 years ago
From today's Boston Globe:
KentsOkay9 years ago
Good Grief. I recall Leno saying the other month/year that it was a fake bomb. Shows you how facts lose importance in these matters...
xACIDITYx9 years ago
IMHO, the whole Star thing is retarded. I realize where the police are coming from (better safe than sorry) but really. She wasn't trying to hoax anything, and it's a freaking LED light. Any moron can tell the difference between a light and a bomb.
And anybody with any sense and training would realise that bombs only have LEDs and count-down displays in movies.
Well, yeah. But did star have a count down display or a little beeping noise every second? Did something happen at the last second of the countdown? Did Star end up doing a belly flopper onto the ground at the last second when the bomb went off?
Err.. No.
Kiteman9 years ago
Pre-trial probation?

What is this nonsense??

"We haven't convicted you of anything, and it would be hard to do because we don't actually have enough evidence, but we're going to punish you anyway. Just in case."

Land of the free...?
. It's a bit of a misnomer. As Patrik and TUA point out, it's basically a plea bargain.
Patrik Kiteman9 years ago
Yeah, that sounds about right. :-D

It's an eminently practical solution, really:

"Look, we could take this to court and waste a lot of time and money all around - why don't you just take the punishment, and in exchange this won't get on your record if you're a good girl for the next year..." :-/

It's essentially a plea bargain - she can choose to accept this deal and move on with her life, or choose to fight it in court, in which case the judge may very well "throw the book at her", even if she's guilty of nothing more than being a hare-brained MIT student who underestimated the paranoia and frayed nerves of her fellow Bostonians...
I had to look up "pre trial probation" sounds horribly unconstitutional, but you enter into it voluntarily, ignoring the threat of punishment both severe and arbitrary if you decline.
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