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From http://www.countycriminal.com

Skagit County Courthouse. From http://www.countycriminal.com.

News outlets in the Seattle area are reporting that Skagit County has filed burglary and theft charges against Camano Island native Colton Harris-Moore.

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/New-charges-filed-for-Barefoot-Bandit-in-plane-theft-192121421.html

http://q13fox.com/2013/02/20/new-charges-filed-against-imprisoned-barefoot-bandit/#axzz2LPDJ0UEt

Remember the plane he stole and flew to Orcas Island while a fugitive? Yep. That’s what this is about. This is not double jeopardy or “reaching” or an injustice or misuse of the legal system like some are already lamenting online. These were charges that were filed before, as KOMO says, then dropped to allow for a plea deal in other cases, and have been filed again. (more…)

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Burglar

A headline on KOMO News reads Prolific burglar nabs 10 years in prison: http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Prolific-burglar-nabs-10-years-in-prison-167390475.html.

Here’s the article:

SEATTLE — A man responsible for a string of burglaries across North Seattle and a robber in the University District was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday.

Maxfield Dare, 18, had pleaded guilty to several charges, including burglary, car theft, assault, and selling stolen property.

“Punishment or rehabilitation have no meaning for him,” victim Richard Fuhr said in court. “Nothing. It’s way too late for that.” (more…)

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From KOMO News (http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Barefoot-Bandit-emails-ridicule-law-enforcement–137990673.html):

SEATTLE (AP) — “Barefoot Bandit” Colton Harris-Moore ridiculed police and prosecutors in emails and phone calls from prison recently, undercutting his claims that he’s sorry for his two-year crime spree, the U.S. attorney’s office said in court documents filed Tuesday.

In these emails, KOMO says, Harris-Moore allegedly called police, prosecutors, and reporters swine, vermin, and fools in direct contradiction to his previous “apology.” He bragged about his crime spree and obviously believes, in true narcissistic form, that he is above other people:

“The things I have done as far as flying and airplanes goes, is amazing,” he wrote in one email last August. “Nobody on this planet have done what I have, except for the Wright brothers.” (more…)

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Barry Goldwater once said that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue. As I sat down to type out my thoughts on Colton Harris-Moore’s sentencing today, that is the quote that comes to mind.

I am not disappointed that a miscreant of this magnitude has been sentenced to seven years in prison and has yet to be sentenced for federal charges. What I am disappointed in is how easily the public and our legal system can be manipulated into believing that a serial criminal is a victim. (more…)

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Today KING 5 reported that Pam Kohler, Colton Harris-Moore’s mother, has asked for production on a movie about his exploits to be stopped until she gets $300,000: http://www.king5.com/news/local/Colton-Harris-Moores-mom-reacts-to-plea-deal-Report-124439864.html.

Kohler says that she was promised $300,000 and is taking legal action to make sure she gets it. If there is a legally binding agreement that ensures she gets the money, she obviously has a right to do this. But it makes me sick, just sick, that she is still behaving so casually about her son’s crimes and can profit from them. She encouraged some of them, remember. (more…)

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Money

http://dcfederaldefenseattorney.com/2011/06/01/barefoot-bandit-criminal-forfeiture-rule-32-2b-of-the-federal-rules-of-criminal-procedure/

Federal defense attorney Erich Ferrari has posted a good explanation of criminal forfeiture law on his blog. I hadn’t seen a technical explanation in the local media  of how Colton Harris-Moore can “give up” money he doesn’t yet have, and this explains it clearly.

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Dishonest

Martha Stout, author of The Sociopath Next Door, said, “The most universal behavior of unscrupulous people is not directed, as one might imagine, at our fearfulness. It is, perversely, an appeal to our sympathy.”

I find it very disturbing when people fall for this mind game, a trap that low to no conscience types and their defenders instinctively set when cornered. Finding themselves in the hot seat, they divert onlookers’ attention from their misdeeds to all other possible causes of their behavior, including how society, their parents, their education, and their uncle’s former college roommate’s cousin’s deranged hedge trimmer-wielding hamster all have responsibility for their “mistakes”. Heaven forbid they should have to take responsibility for their own choices. (more…)

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