ESPN.com Commenter Held on $1 Million Bail

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  1. A million dollars bail for that and radfemhub still exists? Dafuq?

  2. John Anderson says:

    In theory, the setting of bail is to ensure that a person attends their trial. I’m not familiar with the details of the case, but suspect that the high bail was to keep him off the streets until trial or until they could determine whether he was an actual threat. If that is the case then the setting of the high bail wasn’t right, but it was the right thing to do.

  3. First his bail has been cut to $100,000 as of a hearing Yesterday – 19 Sept. Link To LA Times

    How do you think authorities should handle these situations?

    Very Seriously!

    There are very real issues with most serious threats being made on-line and being lost in the morass of data (No-one is quite sure of just how much data is being shifted daily, but it is estimated to be in excess of 1 exabyte or 1 with at least 18 zeros after it), and so catching some lunatics is not just dealing with a needle in a haystack – it’s dealing with one needle in 1 million haystacks.

    Of course – the person at ESPN.com just saw one message and called the Police?( Heavy Irony – 10 to the 18th factorial)

    Not likely – they did look at the message – the persons messaging history – their net presence in general – even their social profile and pics …. and then made a judgement call! I know that Moderators ( Or As I Prefer to see then Network Angels) get a bad press and generally have to stay Stumb – but in my experience most are quite intelligent, rational and even sane people who make Judgement calls that do have some value!

    … and as I am informed – since Yee is in California, he is caught under statutes which make it illegal to issue such threats, even if he does not intend to carry then out. It’s also reported that he was at Yale – a member of a leadership program – and apparently described by his own attorney as “Felony Stupid” (One Does Wonder At Representation).

    Yee claims he was paraphrasing American Psycho! … what a pity his net literacy levels didn’t extend to the use of Quotation Marks, hyper-links and even smilies so that his ideas and ironic view of shooting kids was made clear!

    Yale evidently aint what it used to be. P^)

    And I do wonder just how many threats against “Adults” are made daily – and get ignored? Just the issuing of threats and cyber predation has been linked to incidence of PTSD (50%) which is as high or higher than Returning Vets from theatres of war. You don’t have to pull a trigger to cause real and lasting damage!

  4. Have online threats against feminists been reported to the police, with no response? Yee wouldn’t have been arrested if someone hadn’t reported him in the first place.

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