John Burkoff Talks To Pittsburgh Tribune-Review On Supreme Court Facebook Threat Case
Pitt Law Professor John Burkoff offered expert opinion to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on the matter of the Supreme Court throwing out the conviction of a Pennsylvania man prosecuted for making threats on Facebook to kill his estranged wife, shoot up a kindergarten class and attack an FBI agent.
Burkoff said the ruling makes good classroom fodder but has limited real-world impact.
“It's a technical decision. It is not a constitutional decision,” he said. “It does make it a little harder to prosecute people who say apparently threatening things on social media.”