Sarahmania Hits Houston

What did we learn?

Seems pretty stiff for what amounts to a modern-day prank call.

The felony portion of the harassment law states that a person can be charged for using the name of another person to create a Web page or to post one or more messages on a commercial social networking site without obtaining the other person's consent with the intent to harm, defraud, intimidate, or threaten any person.

Local defense attorney and blogger Mark Bennett thinks the statute is "awfully broad."

The picture that went viral on the Web.
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The picture that went viral on the Web.

"The usual legislative overreaction to a new danger," he calls it.

"With regard to the particular case, I guess they're going to argue that the 'harm' is being inundated with telephone calls," Bennett continues. "Fair enough, I suppose — it would piss me off too — but a third-degree felony? Steal up to $20,000, and it's only a state-jail felony."

We're sure Moe Szyslak would approve.

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