Ice Bucket Challenge Arrest
The Ice Bucket Challenge gained enormous support throughout the summer months as it raised awareness and donations for ALS. But for one unlucky criminal, it also raised the charges he will be facing. Jesean Morris was wanted for an outstanding warrant for "absconding," meaning he did not stay in touch with his parole officer, but had yet to be found by police. Morris was found after posting a video of himself completing the Ice Bucket Challenge on Facebook. A tipster informed the police of Morris' whereabouts and Morris was taken into custody. However, Morris also earned a few more charges when he spat in the face of an officer and provided a fake name and birthday.
Many states consider absconding a violation of parole and an arrest or bench warrant can be issued to bring the offender into custody. Morris would not be the first criminal brought to justice because of social media. It seems to be a shockingly common trend for criminals to post videos or selfies with incriminating evidence following the commission of a crime. While the video of Morris did not include any such incriminating evidence, he was unlucky enough to be recognized by the tipster who lead police to his location.
So, what can we learn from Morris' story? Let's all be generous and give to charity, but make sure you stay in touch with your parole officer.
To read more, please visit: http://blogs.findlaw.com/legally_weird/2014/08/wanted-parolee-busted-by-ice-bucket-challenge-video-on-facebook.html