Tuesday, June 2, 2015

FB and free, threatening speech

A man who wrote threatening FB messages took his fight for free speech to the Supreme Court, which ruled in his favor. The court decided the standard used to convict him was too low, too general, that it was insufficient to convict him based on how a reasonable person would regard his communication as a threat. The government did not prove he actually intended to make a threat before convicting him. A rap artist, he often posted disclaimers about his speech.  What he posted was incendiary and violent. The court did not specifically state what standards should be used to convict someone of FB threats. Read more about it here http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/01/politics/supreme-court-elonis-facebook-ruling/index.html

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