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Balloon boy charges are imminent - Twitter reacts with joy (mostly)

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(Read caption) Well, the family can get away with not talking to the media -- but talking to Colorado law officials is another thing. Word is that balloon boy charges are imminent -- not against the balloon boy himself (Falcon Heene) but against the father, Richard Heene.

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Oops. Richard Heene is probably regretting his decision to put his son, Falcon, on CNN the other night. Things don't look very good for the father of the Balloon Boy. Charges are a-comin'.

Speculation that Thursday's flying balloon scare was a hoax ramped up when Falcon told Wolf Blitzer that he didn't come out of the attic when called because "it was for the show."

Then everything unraveled for Mr. Heene. Blitzer, who was a complete marshmallow during the interview, weakly followed-up on Falcon's comments but quickly backpedaled when the elder Heene feigned expressed outrage that he question the validity of the event.

What Blitzer didn't do, the rest of the media did. Heene's appearance on the Today Show was a disaster and made the senior Heene look even worse by having his son appear on the show despite being visibly ill.

There was already talk, of course, that the whole balloon affair might have been a concocted media event before the Wolf Blitzer appearance because of Heene's history in and apparent love of the media -- including an appearance on the TV show "Wife Swap."

Now comes word that the father of the balloon boy is about to be charged. Colorado officials announced this evening that they will file criminal charges against Heene.

"We were looking at Class 3 misdemeanor, which hardly seems serious enough given the circumstances," Sheriff Alderden told reporters. "We are talking to the district attorney, federal officials to see if perhaps there aren't additional federal charges that are appropriate in this circumstance."


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