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posted by janrinok on Tuesday March 11 2014, @12:09PM   Printer-friendly
from the it-was-only-a-matter-of-time dept.

Papas Fritas writes:

"Scott Smith reports at AP that 26-year-old Sergio Patrick Rodriguez has been convicted of pointing a green laser at a Fresno Police Department helicopter and sentenced to spend 14 years in federal prison. 'This is not a game. It is dangerous, and it is a felony,' says US Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner. 'Those who aim lasers at aircraft should know that we will seek to convict them, and we will seek to send them to prison. The safety of aircraft and the people in them demands no less.' According to evidence presented at trial, Rodriguez and his girlfriend, Jennifer Lorraine Coleman, 23, used a high-powered green laser pointer 13 times more powerful than common pointers to repeatedly strike the cockpit of Air 1 during a clear summer night in 2012. In imposing the sentence, Judge O'Neill considered not only the severity of the offenses but Rodriguez's criminal history, numerous probation violations, and Bulldog gang affiliation. An expert said that the laser pointer that Rodriguez used was an instrument capable of inflicting serious bodily injury and death due to a high potential for crash caused by visual interference. A jury found Rodriguez guilty of attempting to interfere with safe operation of aircraft and aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft. 'Lasing aircraft is not a joke or a casual prank,' says Special Agent in Charge Monica M. Miller of the FBI's Sacramento field office. 'Rodriguez's sentence clearly demonstrates the seriousness of his actions and that the FBI will work with its law enforcement partners to locate and arrest those who engage in dangerous, improper use of hand-held lasers that puts us all at risk.'

On February 11, 2014, in 12 cities, the FBI, in collaboration with the Air Line Pilots Association International and the FAA, announced the Laser Threat Awareness campaign, a nationwide effort to alert the public to the threat that aircraft laser illumination poses and the penalties for such activity. The FBI will offer up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of any individual who intentionally aims a laser at an aircraft. The program is being rolled out in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Houston and San Antonio, Texas; Los Angeles and Sacramento, California; Philadelphia; Phoenix, Arizona; Cleveland, Ohio; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; New York; and San Juan, Puerto Rico."

 
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  • (Score: 0) by HyperQuantum on Tuesday March 11 2014, @02:17PM

    by HyperQuantum (2673) on Tuesday March 11 2014, @02:17PM (#14651)

    Obligatory car analogy:

    It's like standing on a bride over the freeway, pouring down paint, trying to cover the front wind-shield of cars passing by.

  • (Score: 5, Funny) by hemocyanin on Tuesday March 11 2014, @02:50PM

    by hemocyanin (186) on Tuesday March 11 2014, @02:50PM (#14667) Journal

    Bad analogy. I think it is more like standing on a groom.

  • (Score: 1, Offtopic) by mcgrew on Tuesday March 11 2014, @08:56PM

    by mcgrew (701) <publish@mcgrewbooks.com> on Tuesday March 11 2014, @08:56PM (#14850) Homepage Journal

    Obligatory correction: PEVIEW, proofread, DON'T TRUST SPELL CHECKERS. Obviously, after mulling for a minute (which I wouldn't have had to do had you had the courtesy to PROOFREAD your comment before submitting) you didn't hit the G hard enough. Bride or bridge? The stupid spell checker doesn't care as long as the word is in its dictionary.

    Dew knot truss yore spill checker! Ever!

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    • (Score: 2) by hemocyanin on Tuesday March 11 2014, @10:09PM

      by hemocyanin (186) on Tuesday March 11 2014, @10:09PM (#14903) Journal

      PEVIEW

      I don't see how watching the stream flow into a urinal is really going to make all that much of a difference here.

  • (Score: 1) by tangomargarine on Tuesday March 11 2014, @09:18PM

    by tangomargarine (667) on Tuesday March 11 2014, @09:18PM (#14872)

    It's like standing on a bride over the freeway, pouring down paint

    If you're pouring the paint *on* the bride, I think that would work, but for a different reason than you intended ;-)

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