SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court Friday overturned an inmate's conviction for writing a crude, rambling letter endorsing President Bush's death at the hands of terrorists — two weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
A unanimous three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the letter was protected under the First Amendment, calling it "Lincoln's crude and offensive method of stating a political opposition to the president." The court noted "such political hyperbole does not constitute a 'threat."'
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As long as calling for the death of federal officials is now fair game here in California and the other states of the 9th Circuit, I'd like to take this opportunity to publicly wish death on the three judges who unanimously decided this case.
Note that I'm not threatening them myself, nor am I advocating that others kill them. I just support their deaths. Apparently it's my First Amendment right to do so. I'm just stating my political opposition to their decision.
While I'm at it, is there anyone else I should wish death on? How about my senator, Barbara Boxer? Don't agree with her too much. Nancy Pelosi? Ed Asner/Mike Farrell/Janeane Garafolo/MMoore? How about that appeaser Jimmy Carter? Hilary Clinton? Reg Weaver/Barbara Kerr? Don't agree with these folks--just stating my political opposition to them. Anyone else?
Is there anyone you want to wish death on? Feel free to start a list in the comments section.
You social studies/civics/government teachers out there--how can you possibly be expected to teach respect for the rule of law when something like this happens? Can we now yell "fire" in a crowded theater if we have a political opposition to the play? At least now the Democratic Underground and Daily Kos people can sleep soundly, knowing they no longer have to fear the jackbooted thugs from the federal government beating down doors because of what they post on those web sites--oh wait, they've never had to worry about it anyway, although in reality they should have.
Part of the reason governments exist is to create, promote, and protect a civil society. A decision like this destroys civil society. Can it possibly stand?
I pledge to renounce my wishes of death for the people listed above if this ruling ever gets overturned.
Update, 4/9/05, 11:59 am: If a student writes in a journal, or online, of violent fantasies involving harming fellow students or teachers, even if that student has no intent to carry them out, that student is expelled from school--and rightly so. Threaten the President of the United States, though, and it's free speech.
Thank you for visiting my blog Darren.:)
The subject of unionization is of particular interest to me. Although I will comment on news items that hit me in my heart, such as the Schiavo case (which by the way, I don't believe ever would or could have happened without the "organization" that only unions can provide), without a doubt the central theme of my blog is unionization and the damage that it has caused and continues to cause. In particular, I have so many cases, where the judges clearly used convaluted logic to provide the unions with more power over members.
I have to go for a while, but I will return.
Until then, I wanted to make a quick final comment:
Darren said: I pledge to renounce my wishes of death for the people listed above if this ruling ever gets overturned.
Darren, I would state something to the effect:
"Should this ruling ever get overturned, I automatically renounce and retract my wishes of death for the people listed above and my renoucement and retraction automatically become effective upon that ruling."
OK. OK. I have been doing too much legal research and reading too much case law. I think it has made me paranoid. ;=)
What would you EXPECT from this group of judges? These are the judges who said the pledge of allegience was unconstitutional. Don't be surprised if someday they rule that some people have to leave the USA and return to the country of origin because their ancestors killed natives to get their land. Don't be surprised if someday these clowns rule that the border with Mexico is in places, non-existant and therefore anyone can freely travel across it without penalty......
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