Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Woman's conviction affirmed, for delivering threatening letter to the Food Lion

In U.S. v. Lockhart, the Fourth Circuit in a decision by Judge Widener, joined by Judge Gregory and Senior Judge Beam from the Eighth Circuit, affirmed the convictions of a Virginia woman who was proven at trial to have delivered a letter threatening President Bush to the manager's office of her local Food Lion. The Court rejected the woman's defense arguments based on the First Amendment.

(The Food Lion aspect is what I can't figure, do you suppose she figured that the Food Lion was some sort of repository for unlawful threats against federal officials? I mean, the Food Lion is not even American-own, you'd think it would be the places for notes about NATO officials, maybe, or gripes about the EC.)

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