July 04, 2018

Sarah Duggin, professor, law, was quoted in a USA Today story on the constitutionality of prosecuting someone for true threats in connection with the Annapolis newsroom shooting.

... Supreme Court scrutiny has helped establish what a “true threat” entails, a carve-out from First Amendment-protected speech, said Sarah Duggin, a law professor at the Catholic University of America.

“The line for charging ordinarily is if there’s a threat, was there intent to threaten on the part of the caller, not what a reasonable person would think,” Duggin said. “The ‘true threat’ exception in Virginia vs. Black established there’s no First Amendment protection for speech meant to communicate a serious expression of an intent to commit an act of unlawful violence.” ...

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