Petition of the day
The petition of the day is:
Issue: Whether, consistent with the First Amendment and Virginia v. Black, conviction of threatening another person under 18 U.S.C. § 875(c) requires proof of the defendant’s subjective intent to threaten, as required by the Ninth Circuit and the supreme courts of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont; or whether it is enough to show that a “reasonable person” would regard the statement as threatening, as held by other federal courts of appeals and state courts of last resort.
Recommended Citation: Maureen Johnston, Petition of the day, SCOTUSblog (May. 16, 2014, 10:14 PM), http://www.scotusblog.com/2014/05/petition-of-the-day-611/