Turns Out Birds Can’t Fly Free in Minnesota, or Can They?

A man in Georgia was convicted of Disorderly Conduct for flipping his pastor the bird during their Sunday service. The Georgia Supreme Court then overturned the conviction because he is constitutionally protected under the First Amendment. (Read the Opinion Here) This...
Disorderly Conduct Statute Ruled Partially Unconstitutional

Disorderly Conduct Statute Ruled Partially Unconstitutional

The Minnesota Supreme Court held as unconstitutional a portion of the disorderly conduct statute related to disturbing lawful assemblies or meetings, but did not rule on other portions of the statute. The Court ruled in the case of Robin Hensel, who was charged with...

U.S. Supreme Court Requires Intent for Criminal Threats

The United State Supreme Court ruled today that in cases of criminal threats, the communicator’s intent matters more than the receiver’s interpretation. In the case at issue, Elonis v. U.S. (No. 13-983), Anthony Elonis was prosecuted for making threatening...