US Bans UK Teen for Menacing Email to Pres. Obama

Posted September 18, 2010 in Criminal Law by Arthur Buono

If you’re one of those people who fires off unrequited emails or updates to businesses, media organizations, and celebrities, take heart. The White House reads your emails. Be careful what you say in them. A British teen’s abusive email to President Obama has gotten him banned from entering the US for life.

     
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Drunken Teen Ranted in Email to White House

The teen admitted he was drunk when he sent the email and doesn’t remember much about it. Hardly contrite, he shrugged the matter off, saying he doesn’t care about ever coming to the US anyway. Let’s see how many takeaways we can find for people who actually do care.

First, some common sense. Mind the emails, texting, even blogging under the influence (BUI). Chances are you’ll regret something you say. Be especially careful when communicating with casual acquaintances, total strangers, and heads of state. Second, voluntary intoxication is not a defense to a crime. In some cases drunkenness can negate the specific intent to commit a crime, but most crimes don’t require specific intent.

Third, lawmakers continue to pass more laws against making threats, stalking and harassing electronically. Finally, it’s never a good idea to threaten the President or other heads of state. As young Tommy found out, it’s grounds for inadmittance and removal. It’s also illegal and the Secret Service has no sense of humor whatsoever. It makes as much sense as joking about having a bomb in your panties to a TSA agent during airport security screening. If you really dislike the President that much, keep your darkest musings in low tones between you and your friends in private.

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