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Teens charged under terror law

Post by smadewell » 04-07-2006 12:46 PM

Okay.... Work place violence, like telling your co-worker that you're gonna kick his ass, might just as well be placed under the terror law, as should anything where the threat of violence is involved, right? Forget any other charge.... Make everyone and everything an act of terror and suspend everyone's rights and Patriot Act everyone and everything! Watch out angry song writers! You're next, eh? The thought police are coming and, of course, it's really and truly a good thing and our society will be the better for it! Right!?

Teens charged under terror law - 04/6/06 - Posted from the Daily Record newsroom

Four accused of plotting to kill classmates at South Jersey high school


CAMDEN (AP) -- Four teenagers accused of plotting to kill about 25 people in a lunch-period massacre at Winslow Township High School were charged today with terrorism, a crime no one has ever been convicted of in New Jersey.

The boys, between the ages of 14 and 16, were arrested Wednesday after police heard about the alleged plot from administrators at the school, where three of the teens are students. Authorities did not release their names because of their ages.

The boys initially were charged only with low-level crimes and were not eligible to be moved to adult court. Authorities said the teens planned to target students, and teachers and others.

The terrorism charge and other charges added Thursday -- two counts each of conspiracy to attempt murder -- are serious enough that prosecutors could ask a judge to move the case from family court to adult criminal court, where the penalties could be much stiffer.

Prosecutors have 30 days to consider whether to request moving the case; no decision on that was made by Thursday afternoon.

The four boys -- including a 15-year-old from Hammonton whose arrest Wednesday night had not been announced -- appeared together in family court. Superior Court Judge Angelo DiCamillo ordered them held until the state Department of Human Services could complete thorough psychological and psychiatric evaluations.

DiCamillo said the court counselors who had interviewed the teens Wednesday recommended they not be released to their parents' care until a full picture of their mental conditions could be learned.

Public defenders for the teens argued that they should have been able to go home with their parents. "My client is rather frail and vulnerable," public defender Ruth Ann Mandell, who was representing a 14-year-old, told the judge. "No one was hurt in this case."

Authorities said the boys did not have any weapons to carry out the alleged plot. But one law enforcement official who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the teens attempted to buy a handgun.

DiCamillo on Thursday also disclosed that some of the teens charged have had brushes with the law in the past. Two of them were charged with fighting while they were still in elementary school; both cases were diverted out of the court system.

The 14-year-old was charged Wednesday with grabbing a girl by the neck and threatening to kill her.

The father of one of the 15-year-old boys said after the hearing Thursday that the charges were a mistake. "I think it's just kids hanging out together and having a little wild time, that's all," he said.

State judiciary spokeswoman Winnie Comfort said no one in New Jersey has been convicted of terrorism, a charge lawmakers created four years ago in response to the Sept. 11 attacks. Under the statute, people convicted of the crime in adult court must be sentenced to at least 30 years in prison and are not eligible for parole for 30 years.

Prison sentences that long would be far steeper than those meted out to three teenagers in another Camden County town, Oaklyn, after they pleaded guilty in a case in which they were caught with guns, ammunition and swords in 2003. Each of them received a prison sentence between four and 10 years.
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Post by Cherry Kelly » 04-08-2006 10:02 AM

News last night said that one of the teens had twice tried to purchase weapons.

we don't need any more school shootings for sure, but "terrorists" -- hmm hopefully we can follow up on this story. Do these four have a history of violence - bullying or ?? (besides what was mentioned in the news article)?

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Post by Lockhart77 » 04-08-2006 06:30 PM

Well I live in the town that had Colombine so..I dont know..:confused:
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