A New York resident who posted a proposal of $500 to anyone ready to kill a Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer and federal Immigration was acquitted on Friday, December 6.
The case upon Brandon Ziobrowski, 35-year-old, concentrated on whether an aggressive social media post is preserved speech beneath the First Amendment.
A federal judge panel in Boston released Ziobrowski of utilizing interstate and foreign commerce to convey a threat after a week of hearing. He would face up to 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if sentenced.
“It resembled the right verdict,” Ziobrowski stated as he led out of court. “It’s been a terrible year. I’m happy it’s over.”
U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling announced his office will never delay to prosecute menaces waged against law enforcement deputies.
“We appreciate the jury’s decision. But in this case, the suspect posted a tweet that, on its surface, offered $500 to anyone who executed a federal agent,” Lelling stated in a report. “In 2019, above 100 law enforcement deputies perished in the line of work. The society needs to acknowledge that, although of today’s verdict, we will never delay to prosecute plausible threats against law enforcement deputies.”
Twitter discontinued Ziobrowski’s account subsequent to the knowledge of the menaces.
His lawyer, Derege Demissie, contended that the tweets are preserved speech and had been blown out of symmetry by the police officials.
“This is a guy who posts about all kinds of stuff and says offensive things,” he stated.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Siegmann spoke Ziobrowski’s comments were open and put the lives of law enforcement deputies at danger. She stated he never intimated whether he was kidding or being sarcastic.