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Boisean Guilty Of ‘Tapping’ Teen

Item: Boise man pleads guilty to battery for 'tapping' 15-year-old who wouldn’t turn off phone on airplane/Patrick Orr, Idaho Statesman

More Info: Russell Miller will have to spend two days in jail or do the equivalent amount of community service after pleading guilty Monday to a misdemeanor charge of battery in connection with a Dec. 28 incident that made him an Internet sensation. That’s the day Boise police say Miller hit a 15-year boy sitting across the aisle from him on the arm on a Southwest Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Boise — because the boy didn’t turn his phone off during takeoff. That’s also the day the news about Miller’s arrest became a national story — from being discussed on CNN and MSNBC to being fodder for hundreds of blogs nationwide.

Question: Should Boisean Russell Miller have been charged with misdemeanor battery for "tapping" a teen who wasn't obeying flight attendant orders on Southwest Airlines to shut down his cell phone?

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