As many of you will recall, the defendant in this case was charged with a crime for posting rap music lyrics on his website, which apparently, people at his job, his ex wife and some others claimed were threats against them, because we all know how nice rap music is in terms of threatening messages.
But the US Supreme Court isn’t buying such a standard. The Obama administration and others wanted to use the standard, would a reasonable person feel threatened from harm and present that to the jury.
SCOTUS said the key to these cases is whether or not the speaker intended harm and not the listener. And, to top that off, there would have to be a showing of criminal intent, that is, did the speaker intend to commit the acts constituting a crime.
So while the SCOTUS is making sure that we aren’t dumping even more…
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