On Monday, 20-year-old Eldo Kim—a Harvard sophomore who is, legally speaking, totally fucking screwed—sent emails to the police, two university officials and the president of the Crimson that said bombs had been placed around the Cambridge campus. “Be quick for they will go off soon,” Kim wrote, and the Science Center, Sever Hall, Emerson Hall, and Thayer Hall were quickly evacuated.
Meanwhile, Kim sat in Emerson Hall, where he was scheduled to take a 9 a.m. exam. When the fire alarm went off, he knew his TOTALLY FOOLPROOF plan had worked. He went back to his dorm.
Meanwhile, bomb-sniffing dogs uncovered nothing in the four buildings, and it didn't take long for authorities to pinpoint Kim as the culprit. He had emailed his threats through a free application called TOR, which generates a random anonymous IP address. The Harvard police determined that Kim had used TOR, and he confessed in a Monday night interview with the FBI.
Famed Harvard Law School professor Alan M. Dershowitz says no lawyer in the country will want to represent Kim. He faces a future about as bleak as his entrance to Harvard was bright:
According to Christina DiIorio-Sterling, a U.S. Department of Justice spokesperson, Kim has not hired an attorney and is currently being advised by a public defender. Sterling said in a press release on Tuesday that Kim will appear Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith G. Dein, and that, if convicted, he faces a maximum of five years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000.
What a waste.