The Supreme Court is preparing to hear arguments on a case that may determine the future of free expression on the internet.
The case centers on remarks posted on Facebook by Anthony Elonis. The would-be rapper said he wanted to kill his estranged wife, kill an FBI agent, and shoot up a kindergarten class.
Elonis was subsequently convicted and sentenced to four years in prison for violating a federal statue that makes it illegal to threaten another person.
In his defense, Elonis argues the remarks were not serious. He says the lyrics were a form of spontaneous expression and he had no intention of harming his wife or an FBI agent who visited him to determine if he was a threat.
First Amendment advocates say a lower court ruling on the Elonis case threatens freedom of…
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