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Man’s call for Obama assassination is free speech, not crime, court rules

Posted By admin On July 20, 2011 @ 6:57 am In U.S. News | Comments Disabled

L.A. Times [1]
Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A La Mesa man who posted racial epithets and a call to “shoot” Barack Obama on an Internet chat site was engaging in constitutionally protected free speech, a federal appeals court ruled [2] Tuesday in overturning his criminal conviction.

Walter Bagdasarian was found guilty two years ago of making threats against a major presidential candidate in comments he posted on a Yahoo.com financial website after 1 a.m. on Oct. 22, 2008, as Obama’s impending victory in the race for the White House was becoming apparent. Bagdasarian told investigators he was drunk at the time.

A divided panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned that conviction Tuesday, saying Bagdasarian’s comments were “particularly repugnant” because they endorsed violence but that a reasonable person wouldn’t have taken them as a genuine threat.

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[1] L.A. Times: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/07/online-call-to-shoot-obama-was-free-speech-not-a-crime-appeals-court-rules.html

[2] a federal appeals court ruled: http://documents.latimes.com/usa-v-walter-bagdasarian/

[3] Appeals Court Rules Obamacare Is Unconstitutional: http://www.prisonplanet.com/appeals-court-rules-obamacare-is-unconstitutional.html

[4] Federal court says free speech protection applies to Big Pharma drugs, but not nutritional supplements: http://www.prisonplanet.com/federal-court-says-free-speech-protection-applies-to-big-pharma-drugs-but-not-nutritional-supplements.html

[5] Obama’s Favorite For Supreme Court Justice Sunstein Wants To Ban Guns, Free Speech: http://www.prisonplanet.com/obamas-favorite-for-supreme-court-justice-sunstein-wants-to-ban-guns-free-speech.html

[6] ‘Hate Crime Reporting Act’ a “Dangerous” Threat to Free Speech: http://www.prisonplanet.com/hate-crime-reporting-act-a-dangerous-threat-to-free-speech.html

[7] Federal Court Upholds the Herding of Demonstrators Into “Free Speech Zones”: http://www.prisonplanet.com/federal-court-upholds-the-herding-of-demonstrators-into-%e2%80%9cfree-speech-zones%e2%80%9d.html

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