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Terroristic threats straddle the line between criminal acts and constitutionally protected speech. This is especially so when the apparent threats could also be interpreted as “artistic” speech, say, as song lyrics. How can law enforcement and courts tease out “true” threats from, say, outlaw country music or hip-hop? When should society trade the right to hear the next “I Shot the Sheriff” for protection against illegal intimidation?
Master attorneys John Elwood and Michael Dreeben litigated these questions from opposite sides at the U.S. Supreme Court. Listen to them continue the conversation this Friday at noon, with moderator Prof. Eugene Volokh – America’s most prominent scholar of speech and the law.
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