On Monday, June 1, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the conviction of Anthony Douglas Elonis, who was prosecuted under a 1939 law prohibiting the communication of threats for allegedly threatening his estranged wife via Facebook. Has the Supreme Court clarified the legal status of violent speech on the internet, or merely added to the confusion? Our experts discussed the opinion and its implications.
- John Elwood, Partner, Vinson & Elkins LLP
- Kent S. Scheidegger, Legal Director & General Counsel, Criminal Justice Legal Foundation