Re: Boston Police Make Arrest in Devices Ploy

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino said he'll seek to punish those

> responsible, and indicated that the penalty could be two to five years > in prison per count.

What Mumbles didn't mention was that, in order to convict someone under the state's "hoax device" law, prosecutors must prove "intent to cause anxiety, unrest, fear or personal discomfort to any person or group of persons" (M.G.L. chap. 266, sec. 102a1/2(a)), which seems to this untrained eye rather unlikely.

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Garrett Wollman
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