REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - National Crime Victim Bar Association Director Jeff Dion speaks with reporters about victims' rights after arguments in the case of Anthony Elonis, who was convicted in 2010 on the grounds of threatening his wife via social media, at the Supreme Court building in Washington December 1, 2014. The U.S. Supreme Court appeared conflicted on Monday over whether to uphold the conviction of a Pennsylvania man found guilty of making threatening statements to his estranged wife, law enforcement officers and others on social media.

Blog Post

Elonis v. U.S.: Scoundrels and the First Amendment

December 16, 2014, Richard Lempert

The Supreme Court heard the most high profile First Amendment case of the current term in Elonis v. United States. In an extended blog post about the case, Richard Lempert explores the facts of the case, what it means for First Amendment case law, and the details of the hearing before the High Court. 

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