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Judge rules man can be prosecuted for poem

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A federal magistrate judge has ruled that
a man can be prosecuted for allegedly writing a poem that threatens
the president.
The defendant, 37-year-old Johnny Logan Spencer Jr. of
Louisville, had argued that the poem was protected by the First
Amendment.
But The Courier-Journal reports that U.S. Magistrate Judge Dave
Whalin found probable cause that Spencer committed the felony crime
of threatening the president when he wrote a poem that included the
language "DIE negro DIE" and recently posted it on a white
supremacist Web site.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Philip Chance says the case will be
presented to a grand jury.
Spencer was arrested last week and released from jail, but the
newspaper said Whalin ordered him back into custody Thursday after
Spencer's family was unable to provide a suitable place to live.
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Information from: The Courier-Journal,
http://www.courier-journal.com

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