Saturday, April 09, 2005

Contempt of Court

If is was accused, I'd probably be convicted. The courts in this country are contemptuous. Even worse, our courts are far better than those outside of the US. Here's the latest from the 9th:
SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court Friday overturned an inmate's conviction for writing a crude, rambling letter endorsing President Bush's death at the hands of terrorists — two weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The letter from Oregon State Penitentiary prisoner Jonathan Lincoln, who was charged with threatening the president and given an 18-month sentence last year, read, in part: "You will die too George W Bush real Soon they Promised That you would Long Live Bin Laden."
Corrections officials intercepted the letter; Lincoln had been serving a 46-month sentence for robbery. A unanimous three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the letter was protected under the First Amendment, calling it Lincoln's crude and offensive method of stating a political opposition to the president." The Court noted "such political hyperbole does not constitute a 'threat."'
No news on whether threats against regular citizens will be classified as "personal hyperbole."


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