CASE LAW UPDATE: Defendant’s Twitter tweets that threatened United States Senator were not protected as 1st Amendment speech
Defendant tweeted tweets on Twitter that involved threats to a United States Senator. He was criminally prosecuted in federal court for transmitting a threatening communication in interstate commerce. Defendant’s tweets had no apparent political messaging and clearly expressed a desire to inflict physical harm. They therefore had no First Amendment protection for his communications. Conviction sustained.
United States v. Dierks, 18-2374, Appealed from United States District Court, Northern District of Iowa, Kobes, J.
Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer Lynne Torgerson was not attorney of record in this case.