Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Yale Students Charged For Burning Flag

BOSTON (Reuters) - Three Yale University students, including a Briton and a Greek national, have been charged in a case involving the burning of a U.S. flag outside a Connecticut house, a court official said on Wednesday.

Said Hyder Akbar, 23, Nikolaos Angelopoulos, 19, and Farhad Anklesaria, 19, were arrested on Tuesday and charged in New Haven Superior Court with reckless endangerment, arson, breach of peace, criminal mischief and other offenses.

These charges are B.S. Now that the Supreme Court has ruled flag burning speech, they are going to start charging people with nickle and dime things when the real "crime" was the flag burning. Arson is a good one. I am surprised they didn't do an environmental waste charge, perhaps that is in the "other offenses". Reckless endangerment though? They could charge people who barbeque with that one. If these students know a good lawyer, I would hope the lawyer countersues the police department for trumping up charges against them as a work around against a Supreme Court decision.