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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Feb 22, 2018
A federal judge has ordered a new trial for a veteran charged with transmitting a threat to kill after he posted a song on YouTube with threatening lyrics, Knoxnews reports. Franklin Delano “Dale” Jeffries, who in the video threatened violence against Knox County Chancellor Mike Moyers, saw his 2011 conviction vacated by U.S. District Judge Thomas Phillips. Phillips’ ruling states that prosecutors must prove beyond a reasonable doubt a defendant “intended to convey a ‘true’ threat.” Jeffries currently sits in jail awaiting trial in a similar case, in which he claimed on Facebook that he had a bomb and that “everyone in Knoxville will die on Thanksgiving.”