Stop Massachusetts from Violating Teen’s Constitutional Rights

Target: Lawrence District Court Judge Lynn Rooney

Goal: Ensure teenager arrested for his rap lyrics is granted a reasonable bail.

Aspiring rap artist and Massachusetts teenager, Cameron D’Ambrosio, has been denied bail after waiving his right to a bail argument during his May 9 dangerousness hearing. The teenager has been charged with “communicating terrorist threats.” If found guilty, he faces up to twenty years in prison.

D’Ambrosio was arrested on May 1 after classmates informed Methuen High School administration of a Facebook page post that contained violent and suggestive rap lyrics. The lyrics made reference to the Boston Marathon bombings and The White House.

Concerned for student safety, the school’s administration contacted local law enforcement officials, who were able to detain and arrest D’Ambrosio by that afternoon. While the Methuen High School staff and police correctly handled the situation by reacting quickly and cautiously, after further investigation, no evidence was found that linked D’Ambrosio to terrorist activities or plans to harm any individual or group.

Due to this lack of evidence, D’Ambrosio’s lawyer requested he be released on bail while awaiting trial. In addition to determining the outcome of his charges, D’Ambrosio’s trial will determine whether or not his arrest violated his First Amendment right to free speech.

However, despite investigations proving D’Ambrosio was not involved or planning to be involved in any specific violent acts, Lawrence District Court Judge Lynn Rooney has denied his lawyer’s request.

By denying D’Ambrosio bail without reason to believe he is a threat to the community, Judge Lynn Rooney is further violating D’Ambrosio’s rights according to the Eighth Amendment and the right to reasonable bail.

By signing the petition below you will urge Judge Lynn Rooney to grant bail to Cameron D’Ambrosio, thus restoring his Eighth Amendment rights.


Dear Lawrence District Court Judge Lynn Rooney,

The recent refusal of bail to Methuen High School teenager, Cameron D’Ambrosio, must be reconsidered.

While the initial arrest of D’Ambrosio was made in good conscience and according to proper procedure, continuing to hold him until his trial date is unnecessary.

D’Ambrosio is an aspiring rap artist, and while the lyrics he posted on his Facebook page exhibited hatred and a lack of sensitivity to all those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings, further investigation into the meaning of his lyrics have resulted in no evidence of a planned violent attack or of any terrorist affiliations.

I am urging you to uphold Cameron D’Ambrosio’s Eighth Amendment rights by granting him reasonable bail.


[Your Name Here]

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