Speech That Goes Beyond Being Merely Provocative And Is Threatening In Nature Will Not Be Protected

The Ninth Circuit United States Court of Appeals in a 6-5 split upheld a jury verdict against anti-abortion activists concluding that their speech was not merely provocative speech protected by the First Amendment. The Court found that their speech crossed the line and was threatening in nature. This decision will be appealed to the Supreme Court.

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