Skip to comments.Supremes To Decide When Facebook Death Threat Sends You To†Prison
Posted on 06/16/2014 9:58:52 PM PDT by Citizen Zed
Pennsylvania man Anthony Elonis has historically enjoyed saying outrageous things on Facebook, such as how he would like to murder his estranged wife; shoot up an elementary school; sneak into an amusement park he was fired from to wreak havoc; slit the throats of a female co-worker and a female FBI agent; and use explosives on the state police, the sheriffs department, and any SWAT team that might come to his house. Elonis has never actually done any of these things, but he did spend the last three and a half years in prison for saying that he would.
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Hopefully Youtube will remain safe for the time being.
“I wonder how far I can go without getting into trouble.”
Well now you know, AH. Not quite that far.
It’s simple ... don’t threaten people with bodily harm. They might get the idea you mean it - which is actually the way it SHOULD BE TAKEN if you open your mouth and say it (or write it).
Elements of the crime are ability and intent to carry it out.
I hope my Farmville 2 Animals are not a threat.
Terroristic threads or something similar, though my first thought if it isn’t someone tied to a terror organization would be of a nut that needs to go to a nut house.
threats not threads
There’s a guy who has been posting lies about me on the internet for more than 3 years. He posts on every site where he thinks readers might know me. So far he hasn’t threatened me. I wish he would. He lives in a state that has a law concerning internet threats.
Sounds like a plain vanilla libel case to me.
I bet he wins at the Court.
If not, any artist selling a song, poem, book, etc. on-line that advocated any kind of threat could be convicted.
It beyond the pale - especially since he prefaced his posts with terminology like, “I’m not saying that.”
did e have the ability to carry it out and had he made an concrete steps to carry it out?
Or was he just the equivalent of a guy standing on a street corner screaming at the moon?
yes i believe he did, the explosives? maybe...
In California, under Penal Code Section 422 (I don’t know about PA Codes):
(a) Any person who willfully threatens to commit a crime which will result in death or great bodily injury to another person, with the specific intent that the statement, made verbally, in writing, or by means of an electronic communication device, is to be taken as a threat, even if there is no intent of actually carrying it out, which, on its face and under the circumstances in which it is made, is so unequivocal, unconditional, immediate, and specific as to convey to the person threatened, a gravity of purpose and an immediate prospect of execution of the threat, and thereby causes that person reasonably to be in sustained fear for his or her own safety or for his or her immediate family’s safety, shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail not to exceed one year, or by imprisonment in the state prison. (b) For purposes of this section, “immediate family” means any spouse, whether by marriage or not, parent, child, any person related by consanguinity or affinity within the second degree, or any other person who regularly resides in the household, or who, within the prior six months, regularly resided in the household. (c) “Electronic communication device” includes, but is not limited to, telephones, cellular telephones, computers, video recorders, fax machines, or pagers. “Electronic communication” has the same meaning as the term defined in Subsection 12 of Section 2510 of Title 18 of the United States Code - See more at: http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/cacode/PEN/3/1/11.5/s422#sthash.0eilglN8.dpuf
“As Amanda Hess has explained so powerfully, women experience threats on social media in ways that can have crippling economic and psychological effects.”
Alright then, stay off the damned social(ist) pro-fruitcake pinko-run sites and there won’t be any threats and you can sleep at night. Wait for the nasty handwritten letter to be shoved under the doorjamb instead.
I feel like I’m watching a lost Donahue episode, and I never watched that fruity crap either. God I miss the 40’s.
It does take two to do that tango. One to write it, and one to read it. Ignore the creep and you can’t be intimidated by him.
It does not take two to tango. Innocent people get attacked everyday.
Ignore threats directed to you at your own peril.
Anyone who thinks it “takes two to tango” has lived a charmed life, and insults innocent victims.
I don’t mean this personally against you, but damn, it was a short-sighted comment.
They are if Thad-Cochran is around.
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