[ExI] free speech: how times have changed

spike spike66 at att.net
Mon Jun 1 16:52:13 UTC 2015


Our legal system is long accustomed to dealing with published liable and
threats if they were written in a newspaper or published in some
ink-on-paper form.  The system doesn't quite know what to do with internet
or email posts.  We have seen crazy extremes, where prosecutions went
forward for a perceived internet threat which wasn't intended as a threat at
all and was posted to a private internet group.  Now we see what looks like
a specific intentional threat, posted on a wide-open forum (Facebook) and
the Supreme Court doesn't really explain to lower courts how to deal with




>From the article:


The Supreme Court on Monday threw out the conviction of a Pennsylvania man
convicted of making threats on Facebook, but dodged the free speech issues
that had made the case intriguing to First Amendment advocates. 


One post about his wife said, "There's one way to love you but a thousand
ways to kill you. I'm not going to rest until your body is a mess, soaked in
blood and dying from all the little cuts." 

After his wife obtained the protective order, Elonis wrote: "Is it thick
enough to stop a bullet?" 




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