Wednesday, December 3, 2014

keep your words soft and sweet because day you may have to eat them.

Yesterday the United States took another small step towards our more socialized, European cousins.

Our notion of unfettered freedom of speech almost codifies “anything goes” in the First Amendment, and is unlike anything else in the world.

But yesterday a court in Los Angeles notched its first conviction under California’s new “revenge porn law.”

36 year old Noe Iniguez was sentenced to a year in jail and 3 more on probation after he posted nude photos of an ex-girlfriend on her employer’s FaceBook page.

He called her a “drunk and a slut.”

She got a restraining order.

So he responded with a barrage of harassing text messages which the court found were “intending emotional harm.”

“This conviction sends a strong message that this type of malicious behavior will not be tolerated,” 
said a Los Angeles city attorney.
“Nonsense”, sniffed first amendment scholars.

“It sends a message that those in power will engage in malicious behavior to suppress speech they do not like.”

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