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December 23, 2009

Sentencing chapter of balloon boy hoax

I fear we are not yet done hearing about the balloon boy parents. But today they were each sentenced to a few weeks in jail for their hoax. Was justice served, dear readers?

UPDATE: Now back at my desktop, I can link to this CNN coverage of the sentencing (which includes a video clip for the ballon-boy-obsessed).

December 23, 2009 at 02:10 PM | Permalink


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I haven't followed this story beyond the bare headlines . . . just enough to know to whom the moniker "balloon boy parents" refers. Judging by the picture on the yahoo page, I'd say the parents are feeling pretty embarrassed and ashamed, so I don't think anything more than a few weeks punishment (if that) is necessary. Seems their dream of fame sort of blew up in their face, bringing them ridicule and shame. A small sentence should suffice in such a case (i.e., where no one was physically hurt) to deter others from wasting the time, money, and scarce emergency resources in search of their 15 minutes.

Posted by: SEH | Dec 23, 2009 2:45:25 PM

Three months in jail, 100 hours of community service and four years of probation for the father is a fair sentence. Had I been the judge, I might have been inclined to impose a somewhat longer period of incarceration in light of the manner in which public safety resources were temporarily disrupted (and potentially compromised) as a result of the hoax. Nevertheless, the man has been disgraced on a global level, and that will follow him around for the rest of his life. He's obviously ashamed, and for good reason. He'll still be paying for what he did long after he has completed his sentence.

Posted by: JC | Dec 23, 2009 10:09:35 PM

It was not fair to the tax payer. They should be forced into arduous labor until every penny of the cost is recovered for the taxpayer. As usual, the dumbass lawyer will generate more government cost, not less. Get rid of this incompetent from the criminal law.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Dec 24, 2009 12:25:13 AM

The $47500 rescue cost must be repaid, called "restitution" in the plea agreement. I take back my crack about the "dumbass" on the bench. I am sorry, I jumped the gun.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Dec 24, 2009 12:37:49 AM

IIRC, the husband pleaded to a felony, while the wife pleaded to a misdemeanor. Despite this fact, the sentences are quite similar, both well within the range typically metted out for a serious misdemeanor.

Posted by: ohwilleke | Dec 29, 2009 3:27:28 PM

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