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Adam Bonin @adambonin
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5-2 decision holds that defendant's gangsta rap video, threatening named police officers who were to testify against him in criminal case, is not protected under First Amendment. Convictions for terroristic threats/witness intimidation stand.
Oh, gosh, Justice Wecht's concurring opinion -- on the intent test for such a conviction -- is a fun dive through music. Must've been fun for his clerks. cc: @alyankovic…
This is, I hope, the first time @train has ever been cited in a judicial opinion.
And according to Justice Wecht, sometimes it's easy to tell when a song lyric's threats of violence are simply an artistic expression, not a threat.
As opposed to the lyrics at issue in this case.
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