The final verdict on Balloon Boy.

So, nothing is happening to Balloon Boy himself, but his parents will be thrown into jail. Well, not at the same time, because the judge believes that the kids would be a lot better off with one parent by their side. But still, the father will be in jail for 90 days (30 of which consecutive) and the mother will be in for 20 days (which can be served on weekends).

So the verdict itself isn’t completely harsh, but was jailtime really necessary? Yes, they did con themselves into the national spotlight for a while, but they also made themselves look like complete idiots. Their story was completely contradicting, and they came off as (for the lack of a better term) attention whores.

Yes, false reporting to authorities is a crime, but only a class 3 misdemeanor, which doesn’t merit jail time. So rather than putting the parents through unnecessary jail time, fine them a large enough amount that doesn’t put them in the gutter, but takes away all the money they got from the incident and a little more.

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~ by The Slurpee Man on December 23, 2009.

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