Quote:'Karma' Facebook post leads to criminal charges
Attorney for 16-year-old suspect: 'It's absurd'
LARGO - Is it a crime to wish bad karma on someone? A Pinellas County teenager says she was suspended from school and charged with a crime just for posting a karma comment on her Facebook page.
Allie Scott is a junior at Osceola High School. The 16 year old says it all started in the school parking lot last month when she parked her brother's car in another girl's spot. She was asked to move it, and when she did at the end of the day, the car had been scratched up with a key.
Without naming who she thought did it, she posted this comment on her Facebook page: "Oh, so you keyed my car. Your karma is going to be a whole lot worse than that."
She wound up in the office and her mom was called.
Allie was charged with stalking by the sheriff's office. She has a court hearing next week.
Cecilia Barreda, a spokeswoman with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, said the agency cannot comment on the case because its an open investigation and she is a juvenile.
High-profile criminal attorney John Trevena has had his share of strange cases and even he finds this one almost too bizarre to believe.
"It's absurd," he said. "Karma is a spiritual believe that the universe will even things out and justice. There doesn't seem to be any allegations that constitutes a crime -- none."
The thought of how far the human race would have advanced absent initiatory force
staggers the imagination.
THE POINT: Unlike the government thief, a common thief doesn't claim his "craft" is honest.
Lawyer-like dishonesty a point: The common thief is honest when he tells you he's robbing you.