Circuit Finds Blogger Issued 'True Threat' Against Judges

, New York Law Journal

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Two Second Circuit judges said the evidence at trial was sufficient to prove that Harold Turner's blog post saying that the Seventh Circuit judges who upheld a Chicago gun ban deserved to die was unprotected by the First Amendment.

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  • Jerri Cook

    I'm uncomfortable with the majority's reasoning here. Declaring that someone deserves to die is a far cry from actively calling for their murder. Perhaps praying for another's demise will be the next unprotected speech.

  • suebrew

    The Indiana Supreme Court has set oral arguments in the Dan Brewington case for September 12, 2013. Brewington is a blogger who was sentenced to 5 years for blogging about Judge James D. Humphrey, Dearborn County, Indiana. Brewington was convicted of a D felony for Intimidating a Judge. For more information see http://danbrewington.blogspot.com/2013/06/the-following-is-letter-that-is-being.html
    The Freedom of Speech issue is similar but the content of Brewington's remarks and Indiana's definition of true threat is quite different from US v. Turner.

  • suebrew

    The Indiana Supreme Court has set oral arguments in the Dan Brewington case for September 12, 2013. Brewington is a blogger who was sentenced to 5 years for blogging about Judge James D. Humphrey, Dearborn County, Indiana. Brewington was convicted of a D felony for Intimidating a Judge. For more information see http://danbrewington.blogspot.com/2013/06/the-following-is-letter-that-is-being.html
    The Freedom of Speech issue is similar but the content of Brewington's remarks and Indiana's definition of true threat is quite different from US v. Turner.

  • Pete F

    Too bad these judges weren't of the same opinion when Alec Baldwin went screaming that somebody should track down and kill Cong.Hyde and his family and kill them.

    It's a good thing they can't put you in jail for what you are thinking,.....but they are thinking about finding a way to do just that.

    In this country you pretty much have a right to say most anything. You also have a right to be as stupid as you can possibly be and not commit a crime.

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