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October 19th, 2009
04:00 PM ET

Should the balloon boy's parents face criminal prosecution?

 Should Richard and Mayumi Heene face criminal prosecution?

Should Richard and Mayumi Heene face criminal prosecution?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

They both went to acting school, but they weren't quite good enough to carry this off.

Police say balloon boy was a bust, a made-up story designed to get Richard and Mayumi Heene a reality TV show.

Using their sons as props in a poorly-produced one act play, it took a question from Wolf Blitzer to little six-year-old Falcon to expose the whole ruse. And when the family went on television to talk about it, little Falcon, who knew it was all a lie, got sick and threw up-twice. But that didn't stop the attention-starved Richard Heene from trying desperately to be noticed. Now he has been, but not the way he wanted.

Police say the investigation is still under way and charges are likely for several felonies: conspiracy, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and attempting to influence a public servant. There could also be a misdemeanor charge for filing a false police report.

The most serious charges carry a maximum sentence of six years in prison and a $500,000 fine. Federal charges are possible as well. Whatever it adds up to it isn't enough.

Authorities also want the taxpayers' money back that was spent on this wild goose chase. In addition to local police and first responders, the National Guard mobilized two helicopters in a rescue attempt.

A lawyer for the Heenes says they're not "running from the law" and if a warrant is issued they will turn themselves in.

Here’s my question to you: Should the balloon boy's parents face criminal prosecution?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

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