Friday, November 16, 2018

Judge rules neo-Nazi harassment not protected speech

I can't believe there's any serious debate whatsoever about this. But this time, the court got it right.

A federal judge has ruled in a Montana case that a lawsuit accusing neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer of coordinating an anti-Jewish harassment campaign against a real estate agent can't be dismissed on First Amendment grounds. The judge is right. There is no real legal theory that would protect the level of harassment carried out by the website.

The judge observed that the site's publisher incited followers to harass the real estate agent. The site published her personal information and that of her family members, leading to over 700 harassing messages, including death threats and voicemails consisting of gunshots. The civil case will now go to trial.

This harassment is not free speech. No way, no how.

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