There are limits to the First Amendment. They’re just not where you think they are.

by w3woody

Woman Accused Of Telling Her Boyfriend to Commit Suicide Via Text Found Guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter

The limits are not saying things that are hateful. They’re not even saying things that you think should qualify as “hate speech.”

No; the limits of free speech come when someone says something that causes someone else to do something harmful.

And in a way, this is no difference than claiming free speech rights for saying “Could you go shoot my wife? Thanks in advance.”

On July 20, 2014, 18-year-old Conrad Roy killed himself by carbon monoxide poisoning. He had a long history of mental health issues; he had attempted suicide prior to his final attempt. Prior to succumbing to a loss of oxygen, he got scared and left the truck. However, he had been texting his girlfriend, Michelle Carter, throughout the process. After telling Carter that he was scared, Carter told him, “get back in.”

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