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.”

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