Use a blog, go to jail

Under legislation proposed by Representative Loretta Sanchez (D-CA 47) Linda Sanchez (D-CA 39):

Whoever transmits in interstate or foreign commerce any communication, with the intent to coerce, intimidate, harass, or cause substantial emotional distress to a person, using electronic means to support severe, repeated, and hostile behavior, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both….

["Communication"] means the electronic transmission, between or among points specified by the user, of information of the user’s choosing, without change in the form or content of the information as sent and received; …

["Electronic means"] means any equipment dependent on electrical power to access an information service, including email, instant messaging, blogs, websites, telephones, and text messages.

Given the number of times I’ve called Senator Barbara Boxer a "moron" in this blog or castigated public officials for acting in an anti-democratic manner or being corrupt, greedy pigs, I’d better start looking for a lawyer if this bill passes.

Why is it Democrats who seem to have the problem with democracy? Waiting

(Be sure to follow the first link for a good discussion of all the 1st amendment problems this bill causes.)

EDIT: I mixed up Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, the real author of the bill according to the Volokh piece, with her sister Loretta. Now fixed, and thanks to D. Advocate in the comments section for pointing it out.


6 Responses to Use a blog, go to jail

  1. D. Advocate says:

    This is really important:
    Double check whether it is Linda or Loretta. They are sisters.

  2. Oops! You’re right. I’m so used to hearing about Loretta that I just automatically filled it in. Thanks!

  3. Willy says:

    Now you can be sued by 3 congresspersons!

  4. Steve in TN says:

    When they came for the Radio Talk Hosts, we were quiet…

  5. This legislation seem to focus on young people aged 2 to 17, not adults. Now I really question wisdom of applying a federal law on children younger than 7 years of age for cyberstalking or Internet harassment. The whole legislation should be either tossed to trash or re-written by 1st Amendment scholars from EFF, not dumb-azz liberal politicians from the Left Coast.

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