Monday, May 12, 2003

Truly Stupid

A 20-year old woman, on vacation on a cruise ship, plants terrorist-type notes in the ladies room so she can get out of the cruise early and go home to her boyfriend.

twenty. years. old.

At 20, she had no choice but to go with mommy and daddy on vacation?!? At twenty!!!!!!

Freaking moron. Now she will be away from her widdle boyfriend for 20-40 years. Think he'll wait for her?

I'd like to feel sorry for her, but I just can't. She's too stupid, and she cost me too much money. $336,000 out of the public coffers to pay for this TWENTY-YEAR OLD's brain-dead childishness. The article doesn't say where her boyfriend is located, but if he is in the US, she is beyond stupid and should simply be put out of her misery.

The AP article may be at this link , unless it doesn't stay put.

Just in case it doesn't, here is the full article (& now I know why people copy the way they do!):

Woman Pleads Innocent to Cruise Threats


Associated Press Writer

HONOLULU (AP) -- A woman accused of planting threatening notes aboard a cruise ship to cut short a family vacation and return to her boyfriend pleaded innocent Monday to federal charges.

Kelley Marie Ferguson, 20, of Laguna Hills, Calif., did not speak in court except to softly answer "yes" when asked if she understood the charges against her and whether it was her intent to plead not guilty.

Ferguson was indicted under a provision of the USA Patriot Act that makes it illegal to convey false information about an attempt to kill passengers on a vehicle of mass transportation.

"Our approach is just as it would be with any defendant that committed an offense such as this, especially given the climate and the tenor of what's going on in the world these days," Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth Sorenson said.

Ferguson's public defender wasn't available after court. A telephone message left at her office wasn't immediately returned.

Royal Caribbean's Legend of the Seas was en route to Hawaii when it was diverted to waters off Oahu on April 23 following the discovery of two threatening notes in a ladies' bathroom.

The notes threatened to kill Americans if the cruise ship docked on U.S. soil. The cost of an exhaustive FBI investigation was estimated at $336,000.

Ferguson faces two counts, each with a maximum of 20 years in prison, although Sorenson said he expects a plea agreement to be reached.

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