A Thousand Ways to Kill You
He called it artistic expression. The government called it a threat. When does free speech go too far?
Anthony Elonis wrote a series of Facebook posts describing gory fantasies of revenge, often in the form of rap lyrics, against his estranged wife and others. He was later convicted of violating a federal law that prohibits such threats and was sentenced to more than three years in prison. Elonis claimed he was merely venting and using an established art form — just like Eminem — and that the First Amendment protects violent speech. When does free speech go too far? Listen to the Season 1 finale of Unprecedented.
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