Blogger Who Supported Cop-Killing on His Facebook Pages Is Charged | Philly.com | Julie Shaw | 9/11/12

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JOSHUA SCOTT ALBERT, an unemployed blogger who had attracted the wrath of local restaurateurs before he recently triggered outrage among law-enforcement authorities for Facebook pages he created calling for the murders of two top law-enforcement officials and another page that supported two alleged cop-killers.

  • on Aug. 18, Albert created a “I Support Chancier McFarland & Rafael Jones” page- the two alleged cop-killers who gunned down Officer Moses Walker Jr. That page was removed Aug. 26.
  • on Aug. 28, Albert created a “Kill John McNesby” page, which was described as “calling for the murder of Philadelphia Police Union President John McNesby,” and a “Kill Seth Williams” page, which said it was “calling for the murder of Philadelphia District Attorney.” Those pages have since been removed.

Albert has been charged with three counts each of criminal solicitation to commit murder, a first-degree felony, and terroristic threats and harassment, both misdemeanors.

The courts will look at Albert’s intentions – whether he intended to encourage a person to engage in violence against another person. The U.S. Supreme Court has yet to weigh in on “true threats in cyberspace.”

For full article see: Blogger who supported cop-killing is charged.

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