I ‘unfollowed’ a blog today on another site.

I fully support the right of free speech. I started life as a journalism major. I am a lawyer who has spoken out against steps taken to infringe our civil liberties in the United States — something that has cost me a dear friend.

But it has been long-established that there are certain things you do not have the right to say; such as words that incite panic or violence in others. The classic is shouting ‘fire’ in a theater, an act that causes people to panic, stampede and be injured.

No matter how you feel about the results in a trial, there is no excuse, none, for posting that you want someone to kill the defendant when they walk out of the courtroom. Or for reposting that statement on another blog. That makes you no better than the person against whom you are speaking.

And that’s why I’m no longer following that blog. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but there is a difference between disagreeing with a verdict and advocating another crime to correct the original crime.

Or, as my mother used to say, two wrongs do not make a right.


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