Monday, August 04, 2008

Don't blog when you're really depressed.

A former Muhlenberg College student accused of threatening last year to kill himself, an unnamed professor and ''lots of people'' on campus won't serve any jail time for his comments and could get the matter wiped off his criminal record in a few years, a Lehigh County judge ruled Thursday.

Judge Maria L. Dantos' decision to place 22-year-old Zachariah Brown in the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program was recommended by both prosecutors and Brown's defense attorney.

They said Brown has been suffering from depression for 10 years and was not being treated for the illness at the time he made the threats on his Internet blog. ''I made a significant error in judgment,'' said Brown, now a sound engineer for a theater company in New York state. ''I do regret all the trouble I caused.''

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