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Counterman and the U.S. Supreme Court’s Overly Mechanical First Amendment Protection of Threats

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In Counterman v. Colorado (June 27, 2023), the U.S. Supreme Court held that in order for a defendant to be convicted of a crime for making a threat to another person, the “State must show that the defendant consciously disregarded a substantial risk that his communications would be viewed as threatening violence.”  In other words, […]