A portion of Indiana code on intimidation which prohibits people from making "threats" which "expose the person threatened to hatred, contempt, disgrace, or ridicule." without protecting true statements or specifying false statements led to Daniel Brewington being imprisoned for statements made in his blog concerning the handling of his divorce and child custody case.
The Indiana Attorney General has until March 11th to file the State's brief. Once completed the Indiana Supreme Court will decide whether to hear the case. They typically hear less than 100 cases a year out of approximately 1000 submitted from around the state.
Perhaps you have lived long enough to know that often times our public officials deserve our contempt and ridicule.
Giving the ability to quell freedom of expression to those in the legal system presents a tremendous opportunity for those in power to abuse that power.
The protections of freedom of speech found in the First Amendment to the Constitution are essential to maintaining a free and just society.
Please sign this petition and help encourage The Indiana Supreme Court to hear this case and preserve the Freedom of Speech protections of the United States Constitution.
Freedom of Speech must be protected and we reject the portion of IC 35-45-2 which defines a "threat" as anything that may "expose the person threatened to hatred, contempt, disgrace, or ridicule."
Public officials are sometimes deserving of our contempt and ridicule. Stifling ones freedom of expression as guaranteed under the First Amendment of the Constitution to criminalize statements regardless of their credibility gives too much power to public officials and hinders our ability to expose corruption and resist oppression.