A federal jury from the US District Court in Boston acquitted a man recently after he was charged with using interstate and foreign commerce to transmit a threat.
The man is Brandon Ziobrowski. While living in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Ziobrowski sent a tweet loaded with blatant hate speech to his 400 followers on Twitter that would land him in hot water, as it should. The tweet said, “I am broke but will scrounge and literally give $500 to anyone who kills an ice agent. @me seriously who else can pledge get in on this let’s make this work.”
Ziobrowski had a history of tweeting outrageous things, but Homeland Security officials took this threat seriously, as this wasn’t the first time he had mentioned wanting someone to die. He had also tweeted about Sen. John McCain and how he should be killed as well.
The jury acquitted Ziobrowski because they felt that his social media posts were protected by free speech.
Free speech is having the right to talk about how you feel and what your beliefs are, not to solicit murder. Justice was not served here.
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