Social criminal media doesn’t pay

It was apparently stupid social media criminal week.

Let’s start with the one you may have already heard about: The man who threatened to murder House of Representatives Minority Whip Eric Cantor. According to the Washington Post, Norman Leboon, a 33-year-old Philadelphia man, posted an obscenity-laced video on YouTube, in which he says, among other things:Clip art of convict stealing a computer with dumb look on face

“Remember Eric … our judgment time, the final Yom Kippur has been given. You are a liar, you’re a pig … you’re an abomination. You receive my bullets in your office, remember they will be placed in your heads. You and your children are Lucifer’s abominations.”

Leboon was arrested before he could carry out his threats. His picture has been stilled.

In California, voters will decide in November whether to legalize the possession of an ounce of marijuana for personal use. But, even then it probably will be illegal to sell pot on Craigslist. And, yes, it is illegal to do so now. Even for medicinal purposes.

As my friend and former colleague Catherine Saillant wrote for the Los Angeles Times, that didn’t stop two enterprising entrepreneurs in Santa Barbara County. Until, that is, detectives hauled them away in handcuffs. Barry Herron was small-time. The cops only found 45 marijuana plants at his Carpinteria home. Matthew Schneider, however, was going for the gold. He was caught with 100 plants, two pounds of processed marijuana and $8,000 cash at his Santa Barbara home and another 65 plants and $1,500 cash at another home in Mendocino County.

Does anyone advertise for bail on Craigslist?

Finally, there’s Joseph Luebke. Luebke was at a halfway house in a Chicago suburb finishing up his prison term for burglary. In a few months, he would have been a free man. But on St. Patrick’s Day, Luebke decided free-bird time was now. According to a Chicago Tribune writer via the Los Angeles Times, 18 minutes after Luebke flew the coop, he posted on his Facebook status: “On da run …”

In addition to some of his Facebook friends pointing out the error of his ways, his mom also posted: “joe call me cuz now I’m freakin out!!!!!!”

This went on for the next 5 ½ hours or so, until authorities caged him at a relative’s house. Now Luebke’s doing the bar scene at Joliet for several more years.

He and his numb-nut friends should have partied like it’s 1999. But, even then, “Coulda sworn it was judgment day.”

Tom Pfeifer is the managing partner and chief strategist for Consistent Voice Communications. Reach him at


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