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Ulster County moves to make cyber bully speech illegal

Nov 26, 2016 12:02 am
Patricia Doxsey reports in The Daily Freeman that the Ulster County Legislature voted 19-3 to hold a public hearing at 6:10 p.m. Dec. 13 on a proposed law making cyber bullying a misdemeanor with a potential jail sentence. Legislators David Donaldson (D-Kingston), John Parete (D-Boiceville), and Richard Parete, a Democrat from Accord who caucuses with the Republicans, were the three dissenting voices. Ulster County Executive Michael Hein's law would make it a crime for a person, with intent to threaten abuse, intimidate, torment or otherwise inflict emotional harm on a minor electronically transmit information not of public concern that they know will inflict emotional harm; electronically transmit private sexual information, or photographs or videos of uncovered breasts, buttocks or genitals of another; electronically transmit false sexual information about another; or knowingly appropriate the name or likeness of another. The few legislators voting against the public hearing did not mention free speech or the U.S. Constitution as an issue. “I’d rather not see us create more victims by these kids getting an unclassified misdemeanor,” Donaldson said. “I really think we need education, rehabilitation first.” Read the full story in The Daily Freeman.
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