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Court reverses conviction in online rant against Obama

Jul 20, 2011 1:08:50 AM- latimes.com
A Southern California man's racist post in 2008 suggesting that the then-presidential candidate should be shot is lawful online speech, not a crime, according to a divided federal appeals court.

A Southern California man who posted an online racist rant that suggested Barack Obama should be shot during the 2008 presidential campaign was engaged in constitutionally protected free speech and should not have faced criminal charges, a divided federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

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