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  •  Ironically, your comment - which I know is (0+ / 0-)

    sarcastic - is better grounds for some police force to show up at your house and question you than what this Turner guy said - which is why it took the FBI some time to determine the threat level in his case.  You've put what would be classified as an admission of a crime on the internet.  He said something "should" happen - that doesn't mean that he said he "would" or he "did" do something.

    •  Well, in terms of encouraging people to commit (0+ / 0-)

      a crime by providing home addresses, etc., what is the definition of "accessory?"

      60 is SUCH a great number.

      by hcc in VA on Thu Jun 25, 2009 at 07:01:59 AM PDT

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      •  Look, don't confuse the defense of (5+ / 0-)

        and respect for the First Amendment with either a defense of or respect for anything Turner has been doing.  Patrick Fitzgerald feels that Turner's comments crossed a legal line, but it is still a tricky area because as much as I think personally that Turner's comments are threatening, I don't think that every dumbass comment made on the internet or anywhere else should rise to the level of prosecution and imprisonment - because that would be a serious threat to the First Amendment.  Threatening judges is not an "accessory" issue.  That's a legitimate question of law based more on the premise that if people can go around and threaten to harm a judge if they put forth a ruling with which they disagree the person threatening them can have the effect of limiting the fairness and impartiality of our judicial system.  There you are weighing First Amendment rights against other Constitutionally provided protections and making a judgment that the integrity of the judical system is more important than the right of an individual to say stuff.  But even still, the balance between these Constitutional protections always has to be maintained - neither should be able to completely eclipse the other.

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