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Saying dumb things on the internet

Michael Silence notes:

The FBI has expanded its investigation of reported death threats against the attorneys for the alleged ringleader in the torture slayings of a Knox County couple.

The News Sentinel was served Monday with a federal grand jury subpoena for information related to a comment posted in September on its Web site, knoxnews.com.

On the advice of corporate counsel, the newspaper turned over the information late Monday to FBI Special Agent Gregg Harmon.

4 Responses to “Saying dumb things on the internet”

  1. Pete Says:

    Threatening people is illegal, even if you do it anonymously. People are stupid if they think they truly are anonymous on the web.

    Although this is scary:
    “Attorney Tom Dillard, who, along with Steve Johnson, is representing George Thomas, asked the judge to force local media to either disable such anonymous commentary on stories pertaining to the case or require the news organizations to draft policies requiring posters to reveal their identities and do a better job of policing content.”

    Good thing the judge said that idea was dumb.

  2. Huck Says:

    Threats are only empty words unless carried out. In other words, threats are NOTHING! So how can our wannabe overlords justify going after people for what is essentially NOTHING?

    So what’s next, are the JBTs going to start going after people for making PROMISES? Promises are like threats, a statement of intent to do something.

  3. SayUncle Says:

    Actually, threats are ‘assault’.

  4. ATLien Says:

    Uncle the only reason threats are “assault” is because of lawyers. Until we were overrun with ambulance chasers, words were not considered assault. It’s like getting charges with “hurting someone’s feelings”, which i believe will be next.

    You want a threat?

    Get rid of all the lawyers.