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Political Signs, Arson, & You:
A Trump Sign Isn’t Worth Going to Jail

Two 19-year-old Girls Arrested After Burning Down a Stores Trump Sign

Pictured: The Trump sign outside of Wink’s Sporting Goods before it was set on fire

Americans tend to have strong political views either being very conservative or very liberal. Around the time of an election, or even well before or after some people like to advertise their political views by hanging flags or putting bumper stickers on their cars or putting signs out. A small sporting goods store in Maryland did just that.

Wink’s Sporting Goods is a store that supports Donald Trump and proudly shows that by displaying a Trump sign outside of their store. Son of  the owner, Jamie Wink, says they do it to get more business, finding that more people come into their shop after knowing that they support Donald Trump.

Well, back in April 2017, a few months after Donald Trump went into office, two 19 year old girls D’Asia R. Perry and Joy M. Shuford were arrested and charged with arson and committing a hate crime for setting Wink’s Sporting Goods sign on fire. The fire set by the two girls burned down the sign and some nearby plant life but did no damage to the store.

Perry was the driver of the getaway car and Shuford was the one that hopped out quickly to set the sign ablaze. Perry was identified as the driver of the car after police tracked down the car seen on surveillance footage. Shuford turned herself in after hearing of her friend’s arrest. Before admitting to the crime, Perry had originally told police that Shuford’s name was April then changed her story saying she didn’t know her at all. They two were later released on an unsecure $20,000 bond.

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Questions:

1. Would the consequences be different if Perry and Shuford were under the age of 18? How? What about in Nevada?

2. How could lying about Shuford’s identity affect the consequences for Perry? Would it be better to turn her friend in? Explain.

3. The two girls were charged with arson and committing a hate crime among other charges unnamed by the article. What other charges were they possibly charged with? Would they change if this happened in Nevada?

4. Are the consequences different for the person driving the car and the person committing the crime? Should they be? Why or why not?

Be sure to provide full explanations for your answers.  For more details, you can read the article this piece was sourced from here:

https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/crime/bs-md-trump-sign-charges-20170418-story.html 

Contributed by Saralynn Lindsay






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