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Elmhurst College Student Accused of Hate Crime Pleads Not Guilty

Myles Burton remains in jail after Dec. 8 incident.

Myles Burton, the 21-year-old Libertyville man accused of committing a felony hate crime for carving racial epithets into a dorm windowsill at Elmhurst College, pleaded not guilty today, Monday, Jan. 9, in DuPage County Court.

Burton, who is a former member of the school's basketball team, was assigned a public defender. He remains in jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

The Elmhurst College student newspaper, The Leader, reports that two of Burton's teammates, Samuel Ficker and Michael McCurdy, both face misdemeanor charges because they allegedly were present during the incident. They were suspended from the team.

In addition to a Ku Klux Klan reference, Burton is accused of writing "Negro" and "I hate black people" on the Stanger Hall dormitory Dec. 8.

If convicted, he could receive a sentence of up to five years in jail.

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J Steen January 10, 2012 at 11:03 PM
B-A-I-L-----M-O-N-E-Y.
Jim Court January 11, 2012 at 03:39 AM
Muslims "hate" Christians, Baptists "hate Catholics" Republicans "hate" Democrats. The Bears "hate" Greenbay. The list is endless. Why is this a hate crime. it is a property crime. No one can force anyone to like or accept others. We are so thin-skinned. I calling someone "trailer trash" a hate crime ? Is calling someone a dummy a hate crime ? A geek ? A nerd? A beaner? This is a waste of time and resources. He did not attack or hurt anyone. He has a right not to like others. This is a case of political correctness gone astray. I am sure what I am saying is not politically correct. Oh well.
J Steen January 11, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Hey Jim - before you start bloviating, you should at least READ the article and see what the idiot did.....he carved these phrases into some woodwork at an EC dorm room. It went far beyond thinking that he disliked someone - he vandalized private property. But you're correct about one of your statements - you ARE hardly ever correct in your choices politically.
Vincent Russell January 11, 2012 at 02:48 PM
It's a "hate" crime because it is racial vandalism to a school, church, mosque, etc. If he hung a sign from his own house, it is not a hate crime, only his opinion. e(720 ILCS 5/21‑1.2) (from Ch. 38, par. 21‑1.2) Sec. 21‑1.2. Institutional vandalism. (a) A person commits institutional vandalism when, by reason of the actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion or national origin of another individual or group of individuals, regardless of the existence of any other motivating factor or factors, he or she knowingly and without consent inflicts damage to any of the following properties: (1) A school, church, synagogue, mosque, or other building, structure or place used for religious worship or other religious purpose;
Tomato Brazil January 11, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Hate crime, no. Moron, yes.
Jim Court January 11, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Philisteen, Thank you. I am glad that we disagree. I am not sure of your political beliefs but if they are opposite of mine then we will just have to disagree. I have opinions. You know it all. I do agree that there was property damage, although minor.
J Steen January 12, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Thank God you and your type of fool are not in any positions of power that decide what is allowed and what is punished in our society.
Jim Court January 12, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Out of curiosity, what would you allow? What would you not allow ?
Jim Court January 13, 2012 at 04:21 AM
What would you punish? What would you not punish ?
Mike Worrell January 13, 2012 at 03:19 PM
First, in light of the accusatory times in which we live, let me make it as plain as I possibly can that I find the offending message in question abhorrent and wrong, and I believe it represents at best an absence of character, experience and maturity, and at worst a demented mind. Still, absent some history of similar crimes, I think this kid should have been expelled from the college and made to pay for the physical damage to the building. He should definitely be charged with vandalism. He should be admitted again only on the condition that he voluntarily completes a curriculum appropriate to address his ignorance and that he writes an essay explaining how his thinking has changed and why what he did was hurtful and threatening to others. But weeks spent in jail? I don't know about that. Let's educate people about why it's important for us to respect and care for one another as free people, not threaten them into superficial compliance by emptying the missile silos on them for what may have been an isolated act of utter stupidity. I'm aware that I don't know this young man's history, but it seems a little counterproductive and heavy-handed to me. I'm open to being educated about what I'm missing here (and please don't just regurgitate the law currently on the books; perhaps the law is simply a bad idea).
Jim Court January 13, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Over the years I have worked with individuals whose character, values, behaviors, and worth ethic I detested. Sometimes statements made should be understood in the proper context. Who hasn't used the word "kill" while never actually meaning any harm. The word hate can be used the same way. I hate vegetables (not really) is an example. Isn't it his right to "hate" something or someone ? You cannot force someone through "reeducation" to accept what they do not like unless they are truly receptive. This whole issue has been blown out of proportion. Yes, he committed vandalism. Should he be in jail with an excessive bond? I do not think so. Some people will "hate" me for thinking the way I do. That is their right. I cannot please everybody nor do I try. I am not a politician.
Midwest Reason January 13, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Maybe they don't have the money.
Midwest Reason January 13, 2012 at 05:57 PM
How do you know he did these things? He was charged, not convicted.
Jim Court January 13, 2012 at 05:58 PM
work ethic
Vincent Russell January 13, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Sorry, Jim, but the law is the law. The crime constitutes a "hate" crime because it is racial vandalism to a school, church, mosque, etc. If he hung a sign from his own house, it is not a hate crime, only his opinion. But, does anyone see the duplicity in the slap on the wrist that Muslim Elmhurst College student, Safia Jilani, received after she falsely claimed a masked gunman assaulted her in a women's restroom at Elmhurst College. Her bogus police report triggered an hour-long lockdown and hundreds of hours of manpower at the college while police searched the campus — and prompted hundreds of students to rally to protest the incident and call for unity. Bond was set at $10,000 for Jilani, who posted $1,000 and was released, This hoax seemed like a "reverse" hate crime which I assume there is no such crime.
Midwest Reason January 13, 2012 at 06:01 PM
It's going on months now. Months. Meanwhile, you can be accused of sticking a gun in someone's face, be accused of robbing him, and released in days. Your comments are appreciated. I imagine there are numerous details and facts in this case that could make all of our skin crawl at the injustice of length of being imprisoned and all the collateral damages that come with these types of accusations and financial consequences. http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/news/crime/elmhurst-craigslist-man-robbed-air-jordans-shoes-rodney-payton-20111227
Midwest Reason January 13, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Jim, please track this case. Follow the details, then tell anyone who will listen...and hold off sentencing, remember, he's innocent until proven guilty right?
Vincent Russell January 13, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Oh, and by the way, where are the Elmhurst College student rallies this time? Students didn't rally against the black epitaphs. Nor did students rally against the threats against whites.
Jim Court January 13, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Vincent, You might like to read the book, "Whatever Happened to Justice" by Richard J. Maybury. I believe you would enjoy it. Mr. Steen, I am anxiously awaiting your response to my questions. I would find it interesting.
Stewart Levine January 14, 2012 at 01:05 AM
there is no such thing as a hate crime, it was designed as an assault to break down the first amendment. racial tensions is one of the best way of controlling people. hegelian dialectic. i'm not a bigot, i think everyone is pro-their own culture. most people who favor their cultural identity tend to seek out mates who share it. i'm citing human history doesn't matter what country your heritage or ethnic background comes from, you are always going to be protective of your heritage, cultural traditions, clothing, language, food.. white america is being raped, and has been since the early 1900's when our un-elected, elected leaders allowed immigration en masse to the united states. what was once a northern european, christian, protestant nation, is now akin to a slave state. the people are generally speaking, illiterate, more interested with football, iphones and porn to understand...things of an intellectual nature. our culture today cultivates idiocy. television, video games, fast food, it definitely does not produce thomas jeffersons, and benjamin franklins, or abraham lincolns. the white male is the most discriminated unprotected class of citizens today according to the illinois dept. of human rights. if you people want to dig around and find some real interesting articles related to the assault of freedom of speech, and many other things of the alternative news spectrum i dare you go ahead, google, 'alex jones' , blacklistednews, jeff rense, henry makow, to name a few.
Jim Court January 14, 2012 at 03:26 AM
Stewart, You possess much wisdom. No doubt many will marginalize you and tell you what a "kook" you. By agreeing with you, I will probably be marginalized as well.
Stewart Levine January 14, 2012 at 03:49 AM
thanks jim... kook    /kuk/ Show Spelled[kook] Show IPA noun Slang . 1. an eccentric, strange, or foolish person. 2. an insane person. I'm not insane, definitely not strange or foolish either. perhaps maybe slightly eccentric? Idk. We all know that quickly labeling someone something is just a mere means of conversational transference. Right? To take the mind off the real issue at hand. It would be better to actually take some of these things I'm saying and seriously apply some non-biased, non-linear... objective conjecture. forget theories. there are none... just facts. If people don't know what happened to this country on Christmas 1913, on Capitol Hill... then they cannot correctly assess the damage done to this country as a result thereof. remember the axiom. the best slaves, are those who don't know they are slaves. in a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. The funny thing is though that a mass awakening is actually taking place of epic proportions, because people don't want to accept the status quo anymore. This country was established as a Constitutional Republic.. it is it's cornerstone. Just wait people will eventually wise'n up and start going into very impoverished places in the city, full of immigrants, and minorities and start showing them the truth or giving them the bill of rights pamphlets printed out in Spanish. Power is in the mind. You cannot enslave free people, because they honor intellect, morality, ethics. g2g
Jim Court January 14, 2012 at 04:04 AM
Midwest, Has a reduction in bond been attempted? This man is not a flight risk and the incident that took place was a minor infraction. He might as well physically assaulted someone. He probably would be out. Is there anything we can do to help him ?
Pl me January 14, 2012 at 05:49 AM
http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/news/crime/elmhurst-craigslist-man-robbed-air-jordans-shoes-rodney-payton-20111227 http://www.elmhurstbluejays.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=2045 Another Elmhurst College Student Athlete making the news...
J Steen January 14, 2012 at 12:36 PM
I believe you meant to say 'epithets.' And I firmly believe the '...threats to whites' was a silly prank designed to further fan the flames already blazing around this first event.
J Steen January 14, 2012 at 12:37 PM
I am not about to debate an airhead TeaKluxer that can't see the damage racist claptrap does in modern society.
J Steen January 14, 2012 at 12:40 PM
His parents are sending him to EC, which is not exactly a cheap choice. He is being held in Wheaton, in The House That DUI Built, where politicians collaborate with the legal mafia to create a financial windfall for both parties on an ever-expanding, unending scale. And now you want to hold a tag day for him ?
Jim Court January 14, 2012 at 07:58 PM
I realize that Elmhurst College is an expensive school. Perhaps his parents refuse to bail him out based on a misguided notion that they are teaching him a lesson via tough love. Maybe he is in school based on a scholarship. Regardless of the reason, this is cruel and unusual punishment that is denying him his education. This is a petty crime even though DuPage has turned it into something much larger. How would anyone of you like to be in jail for this long of a time for an action such as this. You mention the "house that DUI's built". In DuPage County you are pretty much guilty until proven innocent. Poor people sit for long periods of time for charges that they may or may not be guilty of simply because they cannot afford the bail money. Court dates are extended for long periods of time with no concern for the individual or how being incarcerated impacts their jobs, financial responsibilities, or their families, Some have called the DuPage legal system the DuPage Taliban.
J Steen January 14, 2012 at 08:51 PM
His idiocy is keeping him from school - evidently, no education has yet penetrated his cranium. He is learning that vandalism gets you incarcerated, which, in his case, is a valuable lesson. DuPage prosecutors have kept innocent men in jail for DECADES for their own political purposes - and some of these very men hail from Elmhurst and call EC their alma mater ! Extending court dates keeps the accused incarcerated and helps the legal mafia make their boat payments. This is the way in RepubliKlan DuPage County. I have to stop commenting now so I can finish my violin sonata in honor of Myles' second month on baloney sandwiches and harsh incandescent lighting.
Stewart Levine January 15, 2012 at 02:47 AM
i thought they went to CFL light bulbs so they could bathe the inmates with mercury vapors emitting from the bulbs. incandescent lighting is for rich folks who have appropriately stocked up before they become illegal to purchase in the name of chicken little's global warming. this poor kid better learn quickly that he has no rights of freedom of speech, (regardless of whether his opinions are moral or ethical in any nature) and that the commie fascists are in control and are looking for scape goats to crucify so they can look good when they smile in their photo ops and tell you they aren't raising your taxes when they do just that.

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