Justin Carter Shouldn’t Be In Jail


Austin Texas is known as “the blue dot in the middle of a big red state”, thus it is one place in Texas where an egregious assault against the First Amendment like this, can still take place.

At NRO, Charles C.W. Cooke says, Free Justin Now:

In the state of Texas, a 19-year-old man named Justin Carter sits in prison, ruthlessly stripped of his freedom for making an offensive joke. After a Facebook friend with whom he played video games described him as “crazy” and “messed up in the head,” Carter replied — sarcastically, one imagines —  “Oh yeah, I’m real messed up in the head, I’m going to go shoot up a school full of kids and eat their still, beating hearts.” He added “lol” and “jk” for good measure. For this he was arrested by Austin police, charged with making a “terroristic threat,” and thrown into prison. He may languish there until the start of the next decade.

Carter’s joke was witless and flippant — typical, in other words, of late-teenaged men. By no means was it criminal. Nevertheless, a woman in Canada, who inexactly described herself as a “concerned citizen,” saw from afar what Carter had written and shopped him to Texas police. Police acquiesced to her request, searching the family’s house in the process — and finding nothing. “They really want my son to go away to jail for a sarcastic comment that he made,” Jack Carter, the boy’s father, said. Apparently so: He’s been incarcerated since March without trial.

Cooke, an Englishman, took it upon himself to explain the Constitution to the Texas authorities – who really seem to need the education. Ironic, considering Austin is a college town.

The Carter family petition on change.org to have him released and get the law regarding terrorists threats changed, reached 25,000 signatures over the weekend.

5 thoughts on “Justin Carter Shouldn’t Be In Jail

  1. NiceDeb, one thing that disturbs me about this article and most of the articles I have read, has the date of arrest wrong. According to his parents statements, he was arrested, and jailed, on February 14th with a $500,000 bond. The police finally questioned Justin on March 13th. The punishment, I read, is 8 years, for a terroristic threat, joke, or no joke. So I have to ask about due process, since the 1st admendment is apparently out, does it not exist anymore, either?


  2. NiceDeb, this article really hit me in the heart. In follow-up, Justin has been assaulted multiple-times, and is now on a suicide watch. His hearing is set for July 16. The ACLU is now keeping an eye on this case. Thank you for bringing it the much needed attention. Hopefully, Texas will set him free.


  3. See: “Twitter Joke Trial” in the UK. Absurd from the beginning; embarrassing at the end. Complete waste of time, just like this case with extraordinary harm to the victim caused by nonsensical government overreach, and with absolutely no public benefit. Real terrorists are laughing…


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