Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Unprotected Speech

An interesting case, U.S. v. Rapert, determined that military personnel cannot find protection under the First Amendment for threatening the Commander-in-Chief. In this case, the offender said the following to a friend and neighbor, which was then reported up the chain of command by the friend's wife, who also serves in the military:
I can’t believe that n[****]r won this election. He hasn’t done anything in the 4 years prior and I don’t feel that he’s going to do anything in the 4 years upcoming. I don’t think I can serve in the military another 4 years under his control. I might have to go back home in this upcoming training session that we’re going to do for the winter and break out my KKK robe that was handed down to me by my grandfather and go put one order up and make it my last order to kill the President.
According to the opinion of the court, "Ultimately, the inquiry uncovered no evidence that Appellant or his family had any connection to the Ku Klux Klan."

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