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Supreme Court Protects Negligent Defendants But Declines to Constitutionalize Overt Threats  

Author:  Joan  Meier.

Source: Volume 20, Number 06, August/September 2015 , pp.81-84(4)

Domestic Violence Report

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A man threatens to harm his estranged wife, co-workers, and others through posts on his Facebook page. In the swirl of freedom of speech in social media, threats, rap music, and abused women the Supreme Court distills the question: to what degree must a person who delivers threats to others have intended to threaten, in order to be guilty of a crime?

Keywords: Elonis v. United States, 135 S. Ct. 2001; Hamling v. U.S., 418 U.S. 87; Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire, 315 U. S. 568; Virginia v. Black, 538 U.S. 343

Affiliations:  1: George Washington University Law School.

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