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June 17, 2017

Re: Michelle Carter's "bullying" felony-murder conviction yesterday in Massachusetts.

Horrible little person--she texted her beta boyfriend to kill himself, and he did--but bad precedent, too. Not a good conviction. The worst. If it can be narrowly limited to its facts on how she arguably created a duty, sure, granted, maybe it won't be so bad. But her conviction in this judge-heard case in any event opens the doors to all manner of vague "bullying" litigations. Bad idea. We'll regret it. Hope it's overturned on appeal. It's not illegal 90% of the time to be a "bad" person or an asshole in America. Nor should it be. We can't criminalize real life bullying and high-handedness. Even for this little creep. That needs to be driven home. It's still speech, too. Good news? ACLU gets this one. Denounced it.

Posted by JD Hull at June 17, 2017 03:18 PM

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