What's Next In Ladue High Teen's Laser Pointer Case?

A Creve Coeur teenager is accused of pointing a laser onto the field at Busch Stadium during a Cardinals game in August.

A Ladue Horton Watkins High School teen accused of disrupting a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game this summer with a laser pointer had his case in St. Louis city court continued Wednesday until Jan. 9, court officials report.

Eric Bogard, of Creve Coeur, is accused of pointing a laser onto the field at Busch Stadium during a St. Louis Cardinals game Aug. 6.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny told security officials he spotted Bogard shining a laser onto the field, distracting Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday, who was hitting at the plate.

Bogard’s attorney, Joel Schwartz of the Rosenblum, Schwartz, Rogers and Glass firm, represented him at a scheduled arraignment Wednesday morning.

He was charged in St. Louis municipal court with peace disturbance at an athletic event and violating a city ordinance regulating possession and use of lasers.

For more information on the laser pointer case, see the following articles:

  • Report: Creve Coeur Teen Arrested For Using Laser Pointer At Busch Stadium
  • Creve Coeur Teen Charged In Laser Pointer Case At Busch Stadium
  • Mercy Exec Quits In Wake Of Laser Pointer Flap
  • New Developments In Busch Stadium Laser Pointer Arrest
Carson D. November 28, 2012 at 10:32 PM
can someone answer the question if this dumb kid will ever face punishment for his CRIME? I am not suggesting his entire future be screwed for this choice, but continually delaying the court proceedings does not teach him, or anyone else in this community jack shit.
flyoverland November 29, 2012 at 01:03 AM
If the went to Hazelwood instead of Ladue High, if he was sitting in the bleachers instead of a luxury box, this wouldn't even have been reported. Probably, the cops would have chased him out of the park and that would have been it. The kid saw his pal's mom lose a six figure job. His parents have probably spent thousands of dollars on lawyers. His pix has been in the paper dozens of times and instead of focusing on getting in to a good college, he's worrying about this crap. Our society just wants to stick it to the rich. Just like with taxes. How many pounds of flesh are enough? (By the way, I don't know the kid. Never met him or his family).
CreveCoeurDad November 29, 2012 at 03:57 PM
There but for the grace of God, goes flyoverland? What has rich got to do with this case, other than the fact that it's his lawyer who keeps dragging it out? If he were from Hazelwood, he would have plead out long ago and this wouldn't be news. Instead, what rich has to do with this case is his parents trying to buy him out of trouble again. This is a kid who has a record of trouble with the law and Mommy and Daddy keep buying him out of it so he doesn't have a rap sheet. Mr. Clean-Cut has dirty hands, he just hasn't had to own up to it until now - apparently the rules don't apply to him.
flyoverland November 29, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Your comment implies this boy has been in trouble before. I have read nothing that indicates that to be the case. So, I would be careful about making such charges about a kid who has retained the top lawyer in town, unless you have other information on the subject. My point is simple. This is a story only because his parents have been reported to be rich. Although I live not far from them, (as does the baseball player involved), I do not know them, so I can't say for sure. It is my opinion that this is simply another manifestation of the current war on "the rich" or as you like to say, "the man," or in this case, maybe "the boy." I believe he is being held to a higher standard because of who he is, not what he is accused of doing. It happens all the time.
CreveCoeurDad November 29, 2012 at 05:53 PM
There is more to the news than what appears in print. You haven't read anything because the charges were dropped after his father pressured authorities to drop them. The Patch is aware of the allegations, but hasn't reported them because there is no record, officially, and he was a juvenile. But his teammates at Ladue know the story. There is no higher standard here, there have been no standards at all for this kid. Which may be why he's now being held to one. That and MLB and/or the MLBPA may hold a bigger stick than this kid's father. I'm sure they really don't want an epidemic of laser pointers at ballparks all over the country, where a "harmless prank" will inevitably lead to some player's multi-million dollar career being wiped out. Is this guy being persecuted because he's rich as well? http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2012/11/21/st-charles-county-man-pleads-guilty-to-pointing-laser-at-helicopter/
flyoverland November 29, 2012 at 07:39 PM
did the case you cite have as much publicity? Was the guy's picture in the paper a hundred times? I don't think so.
CreveCoeurDad November 29, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Pointing a laser at a MLB player during a game = Big News. Pointing laser a police helicopter = Not As Much News. This is more about who the victim of the crime is and the location of the crime rather than who committed the crime. If this guy weren't fighting it every step of the way, there would be no reason to publish his picture a hundred times. BTW, the search ("Michael Brandon Smith" laser pointer) gets you 389 hits on Google whereas ("Eric Bogard" laser pointer) gets you 1420 hits. Not as big a difference as you might think.
flyoverland November 30, 2012 at 01:41 PM
1420 isn't a lot larger number than 389?


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