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Court Holds YouTube Rap Video Titled “F+ck The Police” Constituted Terrorist Threat

BREAKING NEWS: If you are stupid enough to upload a video to YouTube in which you threaten to shoot specific police officers (whom you name and who are scheduled to testify in your upcoming criminal trial) you might be labeled a terrorist! At least that’s what an Appellate Court in Pennsylvania told Rashee Beasley last […]

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Supreme Court Ducks Main Issue in Internet Threat Case

The Supreme Court yesterday issued a long awaited decision in Elonis v. United States that failed to address the core issues presented by the case involving harsh language posted on the Internet. Under a 1939 federal criminal statute prohibiting the communication of threats, Anthony Elonis was charged with threatening his wife; a kindergarten class; and […]

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First Amendment Case is Crash Course in Rap for SCOTUS

Anthony Elonis is a Pennsylvania man convicted of issuing threats to his ex-wife, who had an order of protection against him. ¬†All of the relevant threats were posted on Elonis’ Facebook page and most of them took the form of rap lyrics. He did not tag or link his ex-wife to the posts and he […]