Band that shut down LA freeway will serve no time

Remember the talented young gentleman from Garden Grove, Calif. who shut down the 101 Freeway on Los Angeles a couple of years ago to treat immobilized drivers to a performance of their delightful song "Traffic Jam 101?" They were promptly arrested on felony conspiracy charges and misdemeanor charges of public nuisance and interfering with law enforcement. They had their day in court this week, pleading no contest. The judge went easy on them, and they will serve no time in jail.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Norm Shapiro sentenced each one to three years' formal probation and ordered them to perform 35 days of community service. Despite an objection from prosecutors, he also ruled the felony could be reduced to a misdemeanor in 18 months.
Since they are free to roam, can we look forward to a repeat performance from these crowd-pleasing entertainers?

No jail time for band whose 101 Freeway concert jammed traffic


  1. Oh, they’re really just nice young men who were a little misguided.

    And I’m sure it would be the exact same verdict if they had been a black hip-hop group from Compton.  At least, the posthumous verdict.

  2. Going forward, content delivery providers will learn to exploit the power of disruption to advance themselves along the long tail. It’s all about engaging with your audiences, and exploiting that one-to-one relationship to transcend the cultural divide between artists and their customers .It’s all about making sure that fan service is on time and on budget.

    1. There’s a great scene in the excellent (and free!!) book “Everyone in Silico” by Jim Munroe doing something like that… an ad disguised as a terrorist attack…

  3. Not generally a fan of corporal punishment, but sometimes singapore does get it right: 10 strokes of the rattan cane would be 100% appropriate for these douchenozzles.

    1. It’s no wonder that America tortures and murders others (including our own people) so indiscriminately when something like this could be suggested as a “good idea” to emulate.

  4. If you’re a band looking to play disruptively in an unconventional place, an L.A. freeway is apparently better than a Russian church, at least in terms of your treatment by the criminal justice systems of the respective places.

    1. The citizens of the greater Los Angeles basin live their lives on the freeways.  It is their forum, or bazaar if you will.  They festoon their vehicles with all manner of heraldry and symbols to indicate their affiliations and distinctions.  The car is an extension of the self to these peoples, so it is of no surprise that the local constabulary took little affront to their choice of venue.

    2. Your observation is good. In Russia, Pussy Power’s performance did not much inconvenience anyone, the worshippers seemed to be sorta amused – at worst – bemused, and the Russian Orthodox Patriarch opined leniency, yet Pussy Tower received the sentence of hard labour in prison.

      Yet…yet when Russian Pussy Plower is released from prison, they will not be as stigmatised (if at all) as a U.S. citizen marked with even a low-grade felony or misdemeanour. . These spoiled little entitled pukes from Garden Grove CA blocked the LA freeway, during a peak hour, which inconvenienced thousands, and potentially endangered lives, including their own, and, because LA is a volatile place (yikes!), it is by grace of infy that this didn’t trigger some sort of nasty civil disturbance with the traditional beat-down from Public Safety.

      Plus, the video tells me a lot. The band’s presentation, timing, body-language, facial expressions, affect — everything tells me that these fckuers are entitled, spoiled, duochebags who have had their diapers wiped and arses powdered long after they gained their drivers-licenses. Spoiled fckuers. Their behaviour in the video attached to this post, their social network babblings, news interviews – says it all.

      Just looking at them and thinking about their blatant disregard for everyone they were inconveniencing makes me visualize them being caned, canned, beaten, destroyed, sewn in leather bags and tossed into the Pacific Ocean a few miles west of Catalina Island. And other kinds of puerile over-the-top-kill shit.Having written this, I believe the sentences these arseholes received where just fine.

      What’s unfair is that many, many, other people in this country (lacking the privilege and resources, or just White-Luck) of these prats) are receiving much, much, more severe sentences for far, far less.

      Similar to what happened to Pussy Riot.

      /end screed

  5. Mark, we have this thing called the Justice System here in the US. They went before a judge, and the judge decided what punishment was appropriate. I didn’t read the proceedings to see whether the judge issued a verdict out of line with the laws of the land, but I’m presuming not.

    Also, “formal probation” is not exactly a walk in the park. If they violate ANY of the terms of the probation (for instance, leave town without getting permission, getting arrested, caught with a firearm), they get hauled in for probation violation, and the judge can change the sentence to “go to jail for a year.”

    There’s also usually a fairly huge amount of fines and so forth. My best guess is that if they decided to pull this again, they’d get the maximum sentence, AND an extra serving of prison for parole violation.

    1. Nor is community service a walk in the park.  Assuming they have a typical 4 hour stretch once per week of mind-numbing menial activity, each musician will be reminded of their behavior in little drips for many weeks to come.  While this is very little compared to the mess they caused, to me it seems a commensurate punishment for pulling a stupid publicity prank, and should do the job of teaching them the error of their ways, possibly more than a big fine or jail time would have.

    2. Mark, we have this thing called the Justice System here in the US. They went before a judge, and the judge decided what punishment was appropriate.

      If you want to turn over all your morals and ethics to the criminal justice system, knock yourself out. I’d dread to think of you serving on a jury with a submissive attitude like that.

      1. I don’t see the relevance of your reactions: If I were on a jury, I’d apply my morals and ethics to decide the issue at hand. Juries don’t decide sentences anyway. 

        Since I was not in that particular courtroom, I am applying my morals and ethics based on other criminal cases I’ve seen, and making my own judgement that the judge in this case was not horribly out of line.

        My morals and ethics tend to come down against this idea that someone who does something I don’t like should be MAXIMALLY PUNISHED. That kind of attitude puts everyone behind bars, sooner or later, and we have way too many people in prison as it is.

        1. My morals and ethics tend to come down against this idea that someone who does something I don’t like should be MAXIMALLY PUNISHED.

          I certainly agree with that, but you made it sound like we shouldn’t even bother talking about it since the judge made his decision.

  6. How are we going to maintain our position as the country that keeps the largest percentage of its population behind bars if non-violent criminals like this continue to roam free? We’re #1! USA! USA!

  7. white dudes, “boys will be boys” type judgement.

    speaking as someone who grew up in east la, as someone with family that is going/has been through various ends of the criminal justice system you’ll forgive me if my first reaction is something like “fucking whatever dude.”

    I tell people that i’ve only been threatened with a gun twice in my life — once when cops raided my house when I was twelve, and once this year at twenty three when some guy in south pas wanted to blow me away for riding my bike at night.

    this is a little rambling, but to be honest it gets tiresome. a few dudes stop an entire freeway at rush hour to play some shitty song and they get community service and probation, and their felony is being reduced to a misdemeanor. my father spent a good ten years with a felony possession with intent conviction to his name and couldn’t get work. now that it’s been expunged, nobody’s hiring him because they want to know why he spent the better part of the last ten years unemployed.

    I’m not saying I don’t have faith in the system anymore, I’m just saying shit like this is a reminder that the chips are stacked against me and people that look, talk, and act like me.

  8. We’re nice folk down here in Holland but try that stunt on our Amsterdam runway and you’ll be strung up from the nearest lamppost withing 5 minutes. Amazing that they are getting away with this.

  9. I have no problem with impromptu street-corner performances, but these narcissistic dimwits went well over the line.  Maybe they don’t have jobs to do or meetings to attend, but many of their victims do.  I guess they lucked out and didn’t inconvenience any emergency vehicles; I’m sure their sentence would have been more harsh if they had.

    They should be punished not only for the traffic mess they caused, but I’m sure terrorism charges could be brought against them for their music, as well.

  10. It’s a bit of a shame, really, that California doesn’t let tractor trailers use the left lanes.  This could have been solved very quickly and nearly to everyones’ satisfaction right there on the spot.

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