[FoRK] Freakin' California...

Lawnun <lawnun at gmail.com> on Thu Mar 20 13:20:24 PDT 2008

I'd be shocked if he gets much more than a talking-down to by the judge, or
a fine.

Maximum penalties are rarely enforced, esp., for laws that are this
overbearingly broad.  From the bits I could find, it appears to be a local
ordinance, and rather ridiculous in its scope.


An arrest warrant only came after he failed to appear--the same thing that
would occur if he failed to appear before the court for speeding.  Not
terribly remarkable.


On Thu, Mar 20, 2008 at 3:59 PM, Jeff Bone <jbone at place.org> wrote:

> Welcome to Der Left Reich.  This is freakin' ridiculous!  Six months?
> Of course if it had been POT then the PC police probably would have
> looked the other way...
>   http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7307179.stm
>   LaBeouf 'not guilty' over smoking
> Actor Shia LaBeouf has pleaded not guilty in a Californian court to a
> charge of breaking a smoking ban.
> The 21-year-old Transformers star had failed to appear in a
> Californian court on Tuesday to face the charge of lighting up where
> he shouldn't.
> As a result, the judge issued an arrest warrant, which has now been
> dismissed.
> On Wednesday, a lawyer entered the plea on behalf of Mr LaBeouf who
> will appear again on 24 April. If found guilty, he faces up to six
> months in jail.
> Court documents gave no further details of the circumstances or
> location of the offence, which also carries a $1,000 (£505) fine.
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