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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 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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