A man in northeast Pennsylvania was thinking of new and interesting ways to brag about himself on Facebook. He had gone through the usual posts of his dinner from the previous night, the sunset, his dog sleeping, and so on (by the way, for the record, I’m not sure of his actual posts, but thought we would use these typical ones for dramatic effect). Anyway, he finally decided to post a picture of himself.
However, this picture wasn’t an ordinary picture. It was a wanted poster picture.
Police, who had been on the lookout for this guy, did the proper thing and “liked” the man’s post. Then, posing as an attractive woman (What?
The attractive women on Facebook that contact you out of the blue aren’t real? There oughta be a law!), Police got the man to agree to meet for a cigarette. ( I told you smoking was bad for you, Vern!)
Forty-five minutes later, the man was captured and under arrest.
Just to rub things in a bit, after the arrest, police posted this message: “CAPTURED!!!!!! SHARES OUR STATUS ON FACEBOOK ABOUT HIMSELF, CAPTURED 45 MINUTES LATER.”
Now, I’m not condoning breaking the law, but dude… really? Don’t post a wanted poster of yourself! I recognize that some police departments have a sense of humor. At Seattle Hempfest (a public event of some notoriety to educate the public on the myriad of potential benefits offered by the cannabis plant, including the medicinal, industrial, agricultural, economic, environmental, and other benefits and applications), the Seattle PD said they would be giving out Bugles
(not Twinkies? I am disappointed) and “#Marijwhatnow literature.”
In 2014 the MLB changed the format and there was a 1 game wildcard game before the actual playoffs. During the wildcard playoff between the Oakland Athletics and Kansas City Royals last year, the KC police tweeted “We really need everyone to not commit crimes and drive safely right now. We’d like to hear the Royals clinch this.” That may have
been the best tweet of the year. As Jim Croce says, ‘Don’t step on Superman’s cape, don’t spit into the wind, don’t pull the mask off the ole’ Lone Ranger…’” and don’t make an idiot of yourself by trying to publicly embarrass a law enforcement agency. There is no such defense as ‘Felony Stupid!
Mace J. Yampolsky is a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist, 625 South Sixth St., Las Vegas, NV 89101; He can be reached at: Phone 702-385-9777 or fax 702-385-300. His website is located at: www.macelaw.com.