The Supreme Court just accepted triceratops (I couldn't spell certiorari and the spell checker suggested triceratops as an alternate) on Elonis v. United States of America. This is a case where a man posted what to me are some incredibly threatening, scary things on Facebook and other social media. He ended up going to jail for three years. Now he couched his posts as "rap lyrics" or in the context of it would be illegal to say .... For those who want the actual language and the decision the Supreme Court is considering, it can be found here. One such posts was this language,
There are other posts. I've always been an absolute free speech kind of girl, figuring the antidote to hurtful free speech is more free speech. But I'll be honest, if someone started posting things like this directed at me, it would terrify the shit out of me and put a real crimp in my ability to enjoy life. From what I've read, this decision cuts across political lines and no one really knows how it will come down when the Supreme Court decides. Most court watchers thought the Court wouldn't accept this decision, I guess most feel the Court will affirm the decision sending this man to jail, but it could go the other way. If the Court does affirm the lower court decision sending this guy to jail, some people will want to watch their language a little closer I suspect. Curious as to how other people feel about what Elonis said and whether sending him to jail for three years was appropriate. His wife wasn't the only person he "threatened." He also directed posts at his former employers and co-workers and the FBI agent who came to investigate.There's one way to love you but a thousand ways to kill you. I'm not going to rest until your body is a mess, soaked in blood and dying from all the little cuts. Hurry up and die, bitch, so I can bust this nut all over your corpse from atop your shallow grave.