Friday, July 10, 2015

From the mailbag

A reader apparently didn't like the fact JJ reported on the story of a Mississippi State Student being convicted of drug dealing as well as his story on winning a pageant at MSU. 

I read your post on Margrish Balasubramaniam which shocked me that anyone would post that. I think that getting into someone else's personal business and posting online for yours as wells others amusement is wrong. How would you feel if you were in those shoes and incarcerated. Would you want your business blasted on the Internet?  Just because you have the facts on the case doesn't give you the right to post about or even make a joke that "will the inmates think his saucy?"
A college student made a mistake and now he will serve his time.
I think you should take the post down because being incarcerated isn't a joke.

I am withholding the name of the author but will say the author is a student at Mississippi State University.   I do respect the author and anyone else who has the backbone to stand up and say what he or she thinks as this one did.  However, Margrish already got a pass from the media.  The media blasted the name of his partner in crime, Kaleb Chhabra, last year when he was arrested for possessing approximately 700 hits of "synthetic LSD"*.    Margrish's name was not mentioned by the media until last week when this website posted the guilty plea of Chhabra.  It was noticed in the indictment that Chhabra had a co-defendant and it was noted.  A quick Google search of Magrish's name revealed the Starkville Free Press article and little else as his part in the crime escaped the notice of the media.

Margrish might have made a mistake but it is still a crime.  He wasn't selling weed or happy pills that zone someone out but was selling poison passed off as LSD.  Suppose he knowingly sold hits of Strychnine and told people it was LSD?  Would that be considered just a "mistake" ( and I am writing this as someone who supports legalization of marijuana.)?   Margrish's "personal business" is the conviction of selling poison to college students.  One Mississippi State student died last year from this poison in an unrelated case.  Being a major dealer of this stuff is serious and is much more than a "mistake".  Kids will be kids and are going to be boneheads.  However, JJ stands by publishing his conviction.  As for the jokes, making jokes about criminals and inmates is as old as time itself. 

The author of the letter neglected one fact and probably didn't think about it.  Margrish is the one who gave the interview to the SFP knowing he was pleading guilty to a felony drug conviction in only a few weeks.  He knew he was under indictment for drug dealing yet he chose the "Look at me" route.  The responsibility for his publicity ultimately rests with him.

* 251-NBOMe, or simply NBOMe is the name for it.  It is much more powerful than LSD.  It can cause seizures and has caused several deaths.  LSD is considered to be non-lethal.


Magriff On Crime said...

I didn't and still DON'T know what you mean about winning a beauty contest. Whether or not somebody takes a bite outa his ass in the pen is something he's just gonna hafta deal with.

Anonymous said...

JFP is burning through reporting staff as of late. You have to be frumpy, overweight and not prone to express independent opinions to remain in the owners' good graces.

Anonymous said...

Man, I had a job at the JFP until that last part...

Anonymous said...

You're right KF , that this person invited media attention.

I'm concerned he may enjoy the added attention.

And, the point by the letter's author that everything seems to be national business these days is well taken with me.

I'd add that every tragedy is often made worse by the glare of the media, not better.

"Criminal caught and convicted " in another town used not to be news except in that town... even a college student in a college town. We once assumed bad apples in every barrel and focus on dealing with our problems and not that of others.

Now, I'm afraid some bad apples get more rotten in their desire to be noticed.

Anonymous said...

Frumpy overweight people are the best.........unless they have opinions.

Burke said...

Great one, 12:59!

Anonymous said...

OR, just don't participate in any negative or criminal activity that will get your name in the paper.

Anonymous said...

A conviction of selling drugs is public record...when you make it part of your "personal business" to engage in illegal activity and are busted then you risk having your "personal business" becoming known to the public, it should be.

Anonymous said...

"his saucy" alright...

Guard Duty said...

Frumpy, overweight people are coveted at Parchman.

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