Judge Declines To Vacate Online Threats Conviction, Finds Elonis Distinguishable

Mealey's (November 11, 2015, 11:28 AM EST) -- BROOKLYN, N.Y. — A New Jersey man convicted for threatening three federal judges in his blog entries saw his bid to vacate the conviction denied by a New York federal judge on Nov. 10, with the judge finding the “mental state” standard of Elonis v. United States (135 S.Ct. 2001, 192 L.Ed.2d 1 [2015]) to be inapplicable in the present case (United States of America v. Harold Turner, No. 1:09-cv-00650, E.D. N.Y.).

(Memorandum ruling and order available. Document #24-151112-026R.)

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