New York has an interesting hoax case involving another YouTube-related crime video. In this case, Anton Dunn has been arrested for videos of himself proclaiming that he had poisoned millions of bottles of baby food –causing a panic. He said that he wanted to kill hispanic and black children. There was no evidence of poisoning, but they did have Dunn on videotape and he has now been charged with sending threats in interstate commerce and falsely claiming to have tampered with a consumer product.
Three videos were posted of Dunn, 42, who now faces ten years in prison. His biggest problem is not the ten years but the fact that his threats against black and hispanic children could give him an expected life expectancy of around a week in the cellblocks. Dunn himself is black.
Dunn shot the 10-minute video in what appeared a shower stall and identified himself as Trashman.
He sometimes wore a mask.
Insanity would seem a promising defense here, to say the least. The charge itself raises the question of when a YouTube video constitutes a threat. The threat was clear in this case. Dunn clearly wanted to start a panic. However, given the videos of people engaged in fantasy talk and acting, there could be some interesting challenges in future cases.
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