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John G. Roberts, Jr.
When is an online threat a threat?
When is an online threat a threat?

The Internet has made communication both instant and inexpensive, but it's also made it easy for any idiotic utterance to reach a wide audience with the tap of a thumb. Many a person has lamented posting a snarky remark online, made regretful from personal reflection or, frequently, the ensuing backlash. (Note the forced resignation Monday of Elizabeth Lauten, the Republican congressional staffer who cruelly disparaged President Barack Obama's teen-age daughters on Facebook for their demeanor and appearance during last week's turkey pardoning ceremony.) A case now being considered by the U.S. Supreme Court, Elonis v. United States, questions when such posts move from the...

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