News: My buddy Doug Berman has already blogged about this interesting story involving YouTube and criminal sentencing. Two teenagers in Florida pulled a “fire in the hole” prank at a Taco Bell. Basically, the kids went through the drive-thru and then, before leaving, threw a soda at the employee through the window, yelling “fire in the hole.” The boys captured the prank on video and posted it on YouTube.
Well, the Taco Bell employee did some great detective work on YouTube and then located the boys on MySpace and then called their mothers. According to the news report, “as part of their sentence, the teens had to write, film, and post their video apology on YouTube, as well as pay $30 to clean the restaurant and serve 100 hours of community service.”
The Taco Bell employee said that she wants a face-to-face apology, however.
Here’s the apology:
My friend told me about this interesting Internet project started by the Center for Court Innovation, a nonprofit think tank seeking “to promote justice system reform in the US and abroad.” The Center is using YouTube to spread word about its project. In this video, the Center relates personal stories related to drug addicts in New York who are trying to pull their lives together.
The Center’s YouTube channel can be found on this link.
To be honest, I was surprised by the audio. I found it more helpful to Senator Craig’s side than the police’s, at least after all the negative media portrayal of what happened. Throughout the police interview, Senator Craig maintains his innocence. His story sounded at least halfway plausible. If I were on a jury, I would like to hear some testimony from several witnesses proving the meaning of the putative “bathroom signals” to solicit sex. That would have been crucial to the prosecution’s case, had this gone to trial.
News: Report from New Westminster, Canada. YouTube is becoming an important law enforcement tool.
News: YouTube is becoming a popular law enforcement tool, at least in Canada. Here’s another video of “persons of interest” in a homicide case.