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Taser dude from Phillies game gets probation

Jun 25, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

Prison for 98 and a year and we'll call it even Johnny 99?

The fan who got tased, that is, not the cop who did the tasing:

A teenager who became an instant YouTube sensation last month for
being Tasered by a police officer when he ran onto the field at a
Phillies game was sentenced to six months’ probation today.

Steven Consalvi, 17, of Berks County, was also ordered by a Family
Court judge to complete 80 hours of community service in Philadelphia
soup kitchens. If Consalvi completes the sentence with no problems and
passes a drug test, his record will be expunged.

Pretty light sentence for a kid who, according to those who defended the tasing, could have been smuggling a dirty bomb or IEDs or something in his cargo shorts.

And not to get too far off the subject, but why is a drug test part of this kid’s probation? He wasn’t under the influence of anything other than stupid at the time of his little performance. If he smokes one joint at the wrong time several months after the incident, however, he’ll be a drug-related probation violator, he’ll have trouble getting into college and be potentially unemployable for long stretches of his adult life. All because someone in the past 25 years decided that it’d be cool to “get tough” on drugs. Having trouble seeing why we care about this.

Anyway, justice served, case closed and Citizens Bank Park is once again safe for clean wholesome living and democracy and everything. God bless America.

  1. Jonny5 - Jun 25, 2010 at 9:45 AM

    As dumb as this kid seems, this will be the beginning of a long prison career. He’ll get high and fail his drug test, then he’ll go for a weekend stint in the slammer, where he’ll run into an inmate as he’s trying to escape a shower rape scene, knocking the other inmate over killing him as he hits his head on the concrete. He’ll then serve 30 years for murder, and survive by becoming a prison bitch, and we’ll all have to cover the cost of his hormone treatments through taxes from a court order to maintain his right to be a freak of nature. Sound about right? Maybe we should just give him “the chair” now?

  2. SabathiaWouldBeGoodAtTheEigthToo - Jun 25, 2010 at 10:53 AM

    Buying and taking drugs are still illegal acts right? So, being asked to lay off for 6 months does not seem too harsh of a penalty. Did they also ask him to not rape anyone for a year?

  3. Ditto65 - Jun 25, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    They should tase him weekly as a reminder of how stupid he is.

  4. Craig Calcaterra - Jun 25, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    That’s a stupid analogy. If this kid does drugs now, not only will he get punished for that, but will also be subject to further prosecution/sentencing for his trespassing charges related to charging the field. The point is not that he should be allowed to do drugs, the point is that he should not be subject to enhanced legal penalties for drug use that has absolutely nothing to do with his previous offense in the first place.

  5. Jonny5 - Jun 25, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    Being on probation in pennsylvania means you must abstain from all illegal drugs and any abuse of prescription drugs. This is mandatory in PA. It’s not like they are handing down a harsher punishment to this kid, it’s just abiding by the laws of probation in the state of PA. Here’s the terms of probation in PA.
    Ordinarily, persons under probation/parole supervision are required to report to the Probation Office monthly. Your probation officer may instruct you differently; if so, you must comply with those instructions. Also, you will make every effort to reply promptly to correspondence from the Court and Probation Office.
    You must notify the Probation Office at once of any change of address or employment. You will make every effort to obtain and maintain employment, and meet your family responsibilities.
    You may not leave the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania without permission from the Court or the Probation Office, and the Clerk of Courts if money is owed.
    If you are arrested – or even cited without being apprehended – for any new offense occurring during the period of supervision, you must inform the Probation Office within 72 hours; it is also your obligation to inform the arresting officer that you are on probation/parole. If you become aware that you are being investigated by any law enforcement agency, you must also report this to the Probation Office.
    You will abstain from the unlawful possession, use or sale of illicit drugs and from abuse of prescription drugs. When ordered by your supervising officer, you will submit to any recognized tests that are available to determine whether you have been using drugs and/or alcohol.
    You may not possess, control, or use firearms if you have been convicted of a felony. This is also true if you have been convicted of a misdemeanor involving a crime of violence.
    You must refrain from any overt behavior which threatens or presents a danger to yourself or other.

  6. Will - Jun 25, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    How dare the state expect someone on probation to toe the line? That’s exactly how Nazi Germany started out!!!1!one!

  7. The Rabbit - Jun 25, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    I enjoy the fact that this issue would have been discussed at Shysterball and the network hasn’t censored you.
    Craig, because you are the same age as my son, I can say with certainty that the silliness involving marijuana use has been around before you were born.
    As the former chairperson of a Southern NJ regional school district drug abuse committee (prior to the Just Say No “solution”), I really tried to bring sanity to the issue. I’m sure the rest of the committee had watched “Reefer Madness” and considered it an important documentary on the subject.
    The sheeple now accept it and are generally unaware that the issue goes beyond the legal system and probation.
    Don’t test positive when applying for any form of insurance. The info is stored for years at the MIB and is shared among insurers. Although it’s supposed to be confidential, it’s not hard for competent employee benefits staff to figure it out if you apply for insurance at your job as you would at most small employers who are not eligible for guaranteed issue coverage. You think you are going to keep that job? If impairment were really the concern, they’d have breathalyzers at the workplace.
    This is not a personal issue for me. I’m not a “user” nor do I drink (other than an occasional glass of wine). I just get totally pissed when draconian laws have long term negative effects on a society and its individuals.

  8. Cantankerous - Jun 25, 2010 at 6:35 PM

    He could just not use drugs. Right? That’s still an option, isn’t it?

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