Court: Neo-Nazi's Web Posting Not Protected Speech

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    Court: Neo-Nazi's Web Posting Not Protected Speech - ABC News

    A white supremacist solicited violence against a juror by posting the man's address, phone number and other personal details on his extremist website, an appellate court ruled on Friday, overturning a lower court's decision to toss the neo-Nazi's conviction on the grounds that his posts were protected by the First Amendment.

    The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago concluded that the posts by William A. White — who gained notoriety in 2008 for seeming to invite the assassination of then-presidential candidate Barack Obama on the same website — were not subject to the shield that the U.S. Constitution extends to most speech.

    Even though White didn't explicitly instruct anyone to attack the juror when he posted the data on the website, the appellate judges said White's loyal readers would have known that was just what he meant in the context of other threats, including against Obama.

    The juror White singled out served as the foreman in a 2005 trial that convicted another white supremacist of soliciting the murder of a federal judge in Chicago.

    In its unanimous 30-page ruling, the three-judge panel agreed that the First Amendment "protects even speech that is loathsome." But the judges said "criminal solicitations are simply not protected."
     
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    your title does not reflect the content of the ruling
     
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    OK, who do we see about the freaking Brit made docu-drama called "the assassination of George Bush" promoted and shown in about a hundred US theaters while he was still in office?
     
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    The courts seem to be exploring the immediacy of online communications with regard to the imminent lawless action standard.

    And how exactly would that incite an imminent lawless action? The film instructed no one to commit a lawless act nor did it advocate the assassination of anyone.
     
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    How would an assassination plan incite an ....assassination? Surely you jest.
     
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    So you didn't see the movie.


    Shocker.
     

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