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Re: WORTH READING BBtv: Star Simpson's first interview on the Boston airport LED sweatshirt scare. - Boing Boing
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2008 12:54:32 -0400
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From: Dave CROCKER <dcrocker () bbiw net>
Date: September 20, 2008 11:48:26 AM EDT
To: dave () farber net
Cc: ip <ip () v2 listbox com>, "Wendy M. Grossman" <wendyg () pelicancrossing net
Subject: Re: [IP] Re: BBtv: Star Simpson's first interview on the
Boston airport LED sweatshirt scare. - Boing Boing
From: "Wendy M. Grossman" <wendyg () pelicancrossing net>
The charge eventually brought against her was disorderly conduct,
something for which the state does not have to prove intent (as she
also says in the interview).
Further details about Simpson and the Boston Police should cause all
of us some concern...
On the unfortunate side, it poses problems for electronics embedded in
clothing. On the disastrous side, it suggests that it is only a
matter of time before the police will replicate the error made in a
London underground station and kill an innocent.
MIT had a pretty good article at the time of Simpson's arrest:
MIT Sophomore Arrested at Logan For Wearing LED Device
I further commend people to look at:
to get a feel for Star as a person. It's the page of a typical
teenager, not of an agitator or worse.
But Simpson's recent Boing Boing interview should resolve any
questions one could reasonably have about her and her behavior:
To be clear:
As for the legalities, Simpson was actually charged with both
disorderly conduct *and* and possession of a hoax device. The latter
is where things get unfortunate for wearable electronics:
From a practical standpoint, it essentially provides a felony charge
for wearing anything that confuses others in a way that results in
their being afraid for their life.
As for the Boston police, they are establishing a pattern. Happily
this time they did not repeat their earlier performance and blow up
Anyhow, the felony hoax charge was dropped, which left the disorderly
The dissonance with that is that, at the time, the police press
interview stated explicitly that Simpson behaved well and followed
What, exactly, was disorderly?
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- Re: WORTH READING BBtv: Star Simpson's first interview on the Boston airport LED sweatshirt scare. - Boing Boing David Farber (Sep 20)