Stalking Case Over Tweets To Religious Leader Nixed

Law360, New York (December 16, 2011, 7:22 PM EST) -- A Maryland federal judge on Thursday tossed an interstate stalking case against a man who allegedly wrote threatening messages to a religious leader on his Twitter account, saying the charges violate his free speech rights under the First Amendment.

In granting William Cassidy's dismissal motion, U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus said the government unconstitutionally applied the interstate stalking criminal statute when it claimed Cassidy's Twitter posts caused emotional distress to Alyce Zeoli, the leader of a Buddhist organization.

Messages posted on a Twitter account are...
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