Tuesday July 31st, 2012
|Insult Person On Twitter, Go To Jail
posted 07/31/2012, 10:29 PM (InformationLiberation)|
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A teenager insulted a public figure on twitter. Then he got arrested. Why? Because in the U.K., it's a "criminal offense" to tweet messages that are considered "menacing, offensive, or indecent."
Via The Independent:
A 17-year-old boy has been arrested over a string of malicious tweets he allegedly sent to the teenage diver Tom Daley over his failure to win an Olympic medal in a case that has raised fresh questions over the policing of comments on social media.Note, due to social pressure, the teen apologized and changed his tune. That's how normal human interactions are supposed to take place. Why do the guns of government an... (more)
The teenager – who tweeted by the name of @Rileyy_69 – was arrested at 2am yesterday and was being questioned by Dorset police after the young diver retweeted a comment suggesting that Daley had let down his late father who died last year from brain cancer.
The teenager was arrested under the Malicious Communications Act. It carries a maximum sentence of up to six months in prison and a fine of up to £5,000 for a communication “which conveys a message which is indecent or grossly offensive.”
[...]Daley retweeted a message which said: “You let your dad down i hope you know that." Daley responded by tweeting: "After giving it my all... you get idiots sending me this..."
Further abusive messages from the same address followed suggesting that the sportsman had “failed” and made a violent threat towards Daley and other Twitter users.
As news of his tweets spread, Rileyy_69 attempted to apologise to Daley. He later added: "please i don't want to be hated I'm just sorry you didn't win i was rooting for you pal to do britain all proud just so upset.”
|Fired Milwaukee officer sentenced to 24 years after raping woman who called 911 for help
posted 07/31/2012, 10:28 PM (JSOnline)|
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
Fired Milwaukee police officer Ladmarald Cates will spend the next 24 years in prison for raping a woman after he responded to her 911 call in July 2010.
[...]Cates, 45, was convicted in January of violating the woman's civil rights by engaging in aggravated sexual abuse while acting under color of law. He testified that the sex was consensual, which Stadtmueller clearly did not believe. The judge said he added two years to Cates' sentence because he lied under oath.
|Facebook post leads to new trial for brothers serving life for murder
posted 07/31/2012, 10:26 PM (Fox News)|
Two Detroit brothers who have served 25 years of a life sentence for murder are getting a new trial after a post on Facebook.
MyFoxDetroit.com reports a local judge overturned the murder convictions last week of Raymond Highers and his brother, Thomas, who were sentenced to life in prison for the 1987 murder of Robert Karey at his home in Detroit.
|Gun control views unchanged after Colorado massacre: poll
posted 07/31/2012, 10:26 PM (Reuters)|
Forty-seven percent of Americans say it is more important to control gun ownership, while 46 percent say it is more important to protect the rights of Americans to own guns, the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press said in a statement.
The numbers are virtually unchanged from April, when 45 percent prioritized gun control and 49 percent gun rights. Other major episodes of gun violence in recent years also had little effect on public opinion about gun laws, Pew said.