Conviction based on Facebook threats overturned by the US Supreme Court

Conviction based on Facebook threats overturned by the US Supreme Court

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The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned the conviction of a man who argued he had no intent to carry out his Facebook rants. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote the majority opinion in Elonis v. United States, which interpreted the federal threats law to require consideration of the defendant’s mental state. The federal law barred the interstate transmission of threats to injure another, though the law didn’t set out any intent requirement. The Chief Justice stated that criminal laws are generally interpreted to require some kind of mental state that separates wrongful conduct from otherwise innocent conduct. To get all the details about this case head to the ABA Journal here.

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