Supreme Court Decides Against Defining When Online Threats Become Illegal

The Liberty Beat

By: Derrick Broze

The Supreme Court opted against issuing an opinion on when an online threat becomes an illegal threat. This decision leaves federal appellate courts with conflicting views on the topic, specifically in the case of Iraq veteran Franklin Jeffries’ recently issued 18 month sentence for a YouTube in which he said he would kill a Tennessee judge for not granting him visitation rights to his daughter. Jeffries attorneys claim that the federal threats law is unconstitutional and ought to be taken up by the high court, especially at a time when an increasing amount of people are being prosecuted for online statements.

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