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I Love Staten Island, But…

sometimes our brand of idiocy seems to be crazy and/or stupid to a degree that us (nominally) normal folk just cannot begin to comprehend.

Exhibit A:

In a potentially landmark decision, a judge today let stand allegations that a Staten Island teen broke the law when she reached out last summer on MySpace, the wildly popular social networking Web site, to three people she was ordered not to contact.

Melisa Fernino, 16, of West Brighton, used a MySpace “friend request” to contact a 43-year-old woman and her two daughters, who previously obtained a Family Court order of protection against her, prosecutors charge.

“The MySpace friend requests fall within the court’s mandate that, [Ms. Fernino] shall have ‘no contact’ with [the alleged victims],’ Stapleton Criminal Court Judge Matthew A. Sciarrino ruled in a four-page decision.

Exhibit B:

On his arrest two years ago stemming from three shootings on the North Shore of Staten Island, an ex-convict with ties to the Bloods street gang vowed to silence cops, prosecutors and witnesses.

But Pearlie Johnson’s threats didn’t deter authorities from prosecuting — or convicting him.

The 22-year-old defendant faces up to 20 years behind bars after a jury in Brooklyn federal court found him guilty of separate gun- and ammunition-possession charges.

“He thought that he could intimidate the justice system. This conviction proves he thought wrong,” District Attorney Daniel Donovan said today, a day after the verdict was reached.

In both cases, I blame our edumacation system, because stuff like this has to have been learned; dumbassed actions of this magnitude just ain’t natural. 🙂

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