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Sunday, June 16, 2013

This has gone way too far

14-year-old at the center of "NRA T-Shirt Controversy" now facing possibility of 1 year in jail

 Suspended and arrested after refusing to change his NRA shirt. Today, 14-year-old Jared Marcum appeared before a judge and was officially charged with obstructing an officer.

A $500 fine and up to a year in jail, that's the penalty that Jared could face, now that a judge has allowed the prosecution to move forward with it's obstructing an officer charge against him.

"Me, I'm more of a fighter and so is Jared and eventually we're going to get through this," Jared's father Allen Lardieri said.  "I don't think it should have ever gotten this far."

The Logan County Police Department initially claimed that the at-the-time 8th grade Logan Middle School student was arrested for disturbing the education process, obstructing an officer and Lardieri says that officers even went as far as threatening to charge Jared with making terroristic threats.

"In my view of the facts, Jared didn't do anything wrong," Ben White, Jared's attorney said.  "I think officer Adkins could have done something differently."

Prosecuting attorney Michael White refused to respond to any questions, as did Logan Police.

We obtained official court documents from both sides of this case.  On one hand, the arresting officer from the Logan City Police Department, James Adkins, claims that when Jared refused to stop talking, that hindered his ability to do his job, hence, the obstruction charge.  On the other side, Ben White points out that nowhere in the arresting officer's petition, does it mention Jared ever making any threats or acting in a violent manner. 

"Every aspect of this is just totally wrong," Lardieri said.  "He has no background of anything criminal, up until now and it just seems like nobody wants to admit they're wrong."

Ben White says he will continue working to have the charges against Jared dismissed.  If that doesn't happen in the coming weeks, Jared will be back in court on July 11th.
Video at the link

Do the cops bring obstruction charges against every mouthy drunk they nab? That cop ought to be fired for letting a 14-year-old get under his skin so that he couldn't do his job.

Damn straight "it never should have gotten this far". The only reason I can see for this escalation is that some petty bureaucrats got embarrassed and now have to prove to themselves that they and their inane rules are important and deserving of respect.

The people in the area need to wake up and visit the school board - with torches and pitchforks.

Another visit to the local police chief and the politicians that appointed him is also indicated, as is a visit to that judge.

I would have never expected to hear this kind of boneheaded stupidity from West Virginia. NYC, San Francisco, LA, Chicago, yes. But in those places, it wouldn't be news.

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