UPDATE: A CTA spokesperson has confirmed that the radio was not stolen from the CTA. Marcel Carter bought it and located the CTA frequency. So, I would call him a radio airwave thief.
Carter even gave an interview on a park bench to ABC7 reporter Sara Schulte, in which he wondered whether the charge was a misdemeanor.
Um, no. It’s a felony charge.
Now, what Carter did was dumb and dangerous, but I don’t believe he deserves 20 years in prison, the maximum he could receive. I do think he should be punished, though fellow ChicagoNow blogger Garrard McClendon feels Carter deserves nothing more than probation. We discussed Carter and his proposed punishment last night on Garrard McClendon Live on CLTV.
And the CTA is not without some blame here. How could they let a radio get “lost” like that? One caller to Garrard’s show last night — who said he’s a CTA employee — noted that radios have to be signed out and back in every day. So the CTA needs to tighten up its procedures there.
UPDATE: See above update. The radio was not stolen from the CTA.
See more video from my chat with Garrard in the continuation.