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03 August 2009
CHICAGO (CBS) =E2=80=95 Could you have been in danger on the CTA? A young
Chicago man is accused of hacking into their radio system hundreds of
times. The Feds say he even gave fake directions to some buses and
trains. CBS 2's Dana Kozlov sat down with the suspect Monday, and he has
an unusual defense.
Marcel Carter, 20, says he didn't realize what he was doing. But it may
not make a difference as he's now been charged under a post 9/11
The constant coming and going of CTA trains rely on radio communication
to keep things on track.
But last week, a 20-year-old Chicago man, was arrested by the FBI and
charged with interfering in those important communications hundreds of
times over the past 14 months.
When asked what he would say in his defense, Carter said, "I would just
say give me a second chance."
How that will play before federal prosecutors or a judge isn't clear.
They allege the south side college student's initial radio interference
in June of 2008 was more of a nuisance, but say it escalated until it
became a safety concern.
The complaint charges Carter with interfering with the operation of a
mass transit vehicle, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
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