Graffiti Suspect Allegedly Tags His Courtroom
And catches felony charges for his trouble
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 20, 2014 3:25 PM CDT
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(Newser) – True artists never stop working, and unfortunately for him, Francisco Canseco might be a true artist. The 18-year-old was in court in April to face misdemeanor graffiti vandalism charges when, police allege, he whipped out his paint pen and tagged the backs of courtroom chairs and hallway benches with his moniker, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. "He wrote it while he was waiting," a detective says. Police say they tied the graffiti to Canseco using the software tool Graffiti Tracker, then searched his home and found the same moniker painted all over, plus lots more graffiti paraphernalia.

Now, those misdemeanor charges are on hold—because he's facing felony charges for the courtroom tags, which cost more than $400 to clean up. Canseco is allegedly a particularly prolific artist; he was facing 31 misdemeanor counts, and has been arrested in connection with more than 60 graffiti cases, according to NBC San Diego. (Unwanted graffiti recently showed up in another strange spot: a washed-up whale.)

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Plato
Jun 21, 2014 1:14 PM CDT
I know that our country could never accept the horrible cruelty of the Singapore justice for the crime of defacing private and/or public property, but you must admit it is effective. I am referring to the sentence of caning. I think the "tagger" is a despicable person that society should punish for his atrocious actions. If he is physically capable of enduring it the Singapore cane treatment seems appropriate to me. I mean whip his butt until his nose bleeds. It will make an impression on him.
GaryUSA
Jun 21, 2014 4:01 AM CDT
Send this destructive dumb ass to Iraq, and offer him immunity for the courtroom vandalism if he can tag some terrorists while they're asleep.
troy705
Jun 20, 2014 8:32 PM CDT
All graffiti criminals should be charged with felonies. They destroy everything around them and its usually someone property.