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Rockntractor
05-18-2017, 09:10 AM
Lawsuit challenges Ohio internet harassment law, claiming it stifles criticism of public officials

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A liberal blog and conservative group filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday to challenge an Ohio law passed last year that prohibits internet harassment, saying it's overly broad and infringes on the First Amendment.
The law was passed in April 2016 and went into effect in August. It says "no person shall knowingly post a text or audio statement or an image on an internet web site or web page for the purpose of abusing, threatening or harassing another person." A first-time violation of this law is considered a first-degree misdemeanor.
The lawsuit was filed by the liberal blog Plunderbund, the Portage County Tea Party. Also included as plaintiffs are John Spinelli, who frequently writes for Plunderbund, and Tom Zawistowski, head of the Portage County Tea Party.
The plaintiffs claim the law's language is overly broad and prohibits critical speech of public officials. Both groups publish opinions critical of public officials and their court filings say they are not covered under an exception in Ohio law provided for media outlets.
The groups are asking a judge to block the law while the case is pending and to ultimately find the law unconstitutional.
Moe>http://www.cleveland.com/court-justice/index.ssf/2017/05/lawsuit_challenges_ohio_intern.html

I wonder if dumb fuck Kasich signed this into law?