Blogger James MacArthur Denied Bail, Facing Multiple Assault Charges for “Threatening” Tweets

By JG Vibes
dev-test.intellihub.com
December 29, 2012

Blogger James MacArthur of the “Baltimore Spectator” has been denied bail again, and could now be facing new assault charges for tweets that he made which were allegedly “threatening to police”.  Apparently now tweeting can legally amount to assault.

All month dev-test.intellihub.com has been doing a series of exclusive reports on the story of Frank James MacArthur, founder of the “Baltimore Spectator” activist blog and radio show.

After years of exposing crooked cops and politicians in his community, MacArthur became a target for police aggression, even more so recently because he was beginning to publicize information that would cost a few people high up in local government their jobs and reputations.

In early December, MacArthur was the victim of an elaborate kidnapping where dozens of armed SWAT team members were sent by the state to coax him out of his house and snatch him up so he could be taken to the Baltimore City dungeons, where he remains today.

Today the Baltimore Sun reported that:

“A Baltimore circuit judge denied another bail request Friday for the blogger who held a publicized standoff with city police this month that was broadcast live to thousands of listeners.  Judge Lynn K. Stewart said Frank James MacArthur, also known locally as the Baltimore Spectator, posed a continuing threat to public safety and should remain jailed without bail.

It was the third time that MacArthur, 37, who lives in the Waverly neighborhood, has been denied bail.  MacArthur’s attorney, Jill P. Carter, called the revocation a knee-jerk overreaction when many other suspects facing similar charges are often offered bail.  MacArthur faces two weapons charges: illegal possession of a firearm and possessing an unregistered shotgun. He has no felony convictions, Carter pointed out.”

Carter, his attorney, said that “It’s a charge that doesn’t warrant his being held without bail.  His history doesn’t indicate he’s a threat to public safety.”

In addition to the phoney gun charges that have already been thrown against him, prosecutors are also now talking about bringing up assault charges over tweets made during and prior to the standoff which were apparently “threatening to police”.

The article goes on to say that:

“Prosecutors said in court Friday that they plan to file second-degree assault charges against MacArthur for the alleged threats he made against officers attempting to execute an arrest warrant on Dec. 1.  Mark Cheshire, a spokesman for the state’s attorney’s office, said later that the number of charges will correlate with the number of officers MacArthur allegedly threatened; prosecutors did not have a specific number Friday.”

It is obvious that he has been targeted because of his activism and his outspoken attitude towards authority.

He has been relentless on issues of police brutality and legal oppression, and has probobly been an annoyance to the department for years.

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J.G. Vibes is the author of an 87 chapter counter culture textbook called Alchemy of the Modern Renaissance, a staff writer and reporter for The Intellihub and host of a show called Voluntary Hippie Radio. 

You can keep up with his work, which includes free podcasts, free e-books & free audiobooks at his website www.aotmr.com