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10-01-2016 LSU Pregame

Ferguson Facebook case part of debate about online threats

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Ferguson Facebook case part of debate about online threats

Seattle, WA ( KTRS ) A Washington state man is to be sentenced Thursday for posting threats on Facebook against former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot 18 yr old Michael Brown – a case that is part of a broader legal debate over when social media rants escalate into criminal acts. Jaleel […]

Ferguson Facebook case part of debate about online threats

Seattle, WA ( KTRS ) A Washington state man is to be sentenced Thursday for posting threats on Facebook against former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot 18 yr old Michael Brown – a case that is part of a broader legal debate over when social media rants escalate into criminal acts.

Jaleel Adbul-Jabbaar pleaded guilty on Feb. 2 for posting a threat against Darren Wilson on Facebook.

Federal prosecutors say Abdul-Jabbaar posted inflammatory messages after the Aug. 9 killing of Michael Brown.

The federal charge of making an interstate threat carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, but prosecutors have recommended Abdul-Jabbaar be sentenced to time served – two months.

The popularity of social media has left lawyers arguing over what constitutes a “true threat” – one not protected by the First Amendment.

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