Elonis v. United States (USA)

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the conviction of Anthony Elonis for transmitting in interstate commerce a communication containing a threat to injure the person of another. The high court held that an online musing cannot be considered threatening if the author claims he did not intend for the posting to be perceived that way.

This is a pretty bad decision and gives the benefit of the doubt to criminals who – by their very words – are threatening people.

Elonis v. United States