Passionate Instigator, Dynamic Problem Solver
October 15th, 2014 09:00:00 am
The Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether violent speech posted on the internet is a true threat to others. The one case that brought the discussion this car was Anthony Elonis, a Pennsylvania man who was given a forty-five month sentence for posting a series of Facebook messages, in which he mused about killing his wife and others. He said things like, “I'm not going to rest until your body is a mess and soaked in blood and dying from all the little cuts.”
Now, his lawyer is claiming that that was therapeutic speech and he had no intention of doing that. Yet, by law, if he had said that to her face, in front of any witnesses, he would be arrested for assault, and the offense could mean a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. So why when you say it in print, on the internet, in front of thousands or tens of thousands of people, would it not have the same validity if you said it in front of a couple of friends at your house?
Really? This is something the Supreme Court has to weigh in on? Don't they have anything better to do with their time? Duh.