A rap video posted to Facebook crossed the line from artistic to threatening when its lyrics described violent acts, named two Pittsburgh police officers and suggested the rappers knew where those officers lived, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court said in holding it was not protected by the First Amendment.
The Supreme Court last week ruled 5-2 in Commonwealth v. Knox, which delved into the question of whether the video constituted protected free speech, or a punishable threat. The ruling affirmed the state Superior Court, which had determined that the video provided sufficient basis for Jamal Knox and a co-defendant to be convicted of witness intimidation and making terroristic threats.
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