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Turner Broadcast Pays Fine to Boston, but Charges Against Agents Not Dropped

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has reached a $2 million settlement with Turner Broadcasting System and its PR team, Interference, as penance or punishment (it's not clear, since TBS was never formally charged) for last week's stunt, where packages thought to be bombs were placed around Boston as a promotion for an upcoming TV series. The proposed settlement includes $1 million to city and state agencies for the cost of security associated with their response (which included a virtual shutdown of the city), as well as another $1 million in goodwill funding.

In the meantime, the two men who were employed to place the devices have been charged with placing a hoax device and disorderly conduct. Those charges remain in place and are not covered by the settlement, notwithstanding that TBS and Interference have accepted full responsibility. According to this article, prosecutors are working with defense counsel to resolve the charges short of trial. However, it's not clear to me -- or to Ann Althouse -- why the charges against the suspects haven't been dropped.  Sure, they're annoying, but that's not a crime -- is it?

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on February 5, 2007 at 06:56 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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