Court: Call For Assassination Was Protected As Free Speech

Court: Call For Assassination Was Protected As Free Speech

Last week, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the conviction of a man who posted a threatening message online in 2008, calling for the assassination of then-presidential candidate Barack Obama. In a divided ruling, which overturned the man’s 2009 conviction, the written opinion declared that the threat would not have been taken seriously by a reasonable person. [More]