The U.S. Supreme Court is set to take up the wild west of social media bad behavior Monday when they hear arguments in a precedent-setting case involving a man who made threats against his wife on Facebook. Adding an extra wrinkle is that the high court will also need to hear the rap lyrics that the man used to fantasize about committing violent acts.
"Pull my knife, flick my wrist, and slit her throat/ Leave her bleedin’ from her jugular in the arms of her partner."
"There's one way to love you but a thousand ways to kill you. I'm not going to rest until your body is a mess, soaked in blood and dying from all the little cuts. Hurry up and die, bitch.
The wife ended up obtaining a protection order against her husband (they have since divorced) but that didn't stop the husband from continuing his threatening Facebook posts.
"Fold up your PFA (protection from abuse) and put it in your pocket. Is it thick enough to stop a bullet?"
Ultimately, the husband was charged with communicating threats in interstate commerce, or the Internet. A jury sentenced him to three-and-a-half years behind bars and an appeals court later upheld the conviction. And now the case, one of the first to consider Facebook, will come before the nation's highest court. The justices have previously taken up cases involving GPS, mobile phones and video games, but have never considered social media freedom of speech.