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Posted by: Brittany Sims on Sep 18, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to decide when an online threat becomes worthy of prosecution. The justices will meet Sept. 30 to decide whether to review the prosecution of an Iraq war veteran who was sentenced to 18 months in prison for posting a YouTube video in which he sang about killing a Tennessee judge. “We think it’s potentially quite a significant case. People say things in the online world that they don’t mean seriously,” said the veteran’s attorney, Chris Rothfeld. “Second, it’s difficult to tell in the online world how a statement is intended. People say things and write things and they are read in an entirely different context.” Wired magazine has the story.