Testing the limits of the First Amendment, federal prosecutors have charged a Louisville man with threatening to kill the president based on a poem he wrote and recently re-posted on a neo-Nazi Web site.
A federal public defender for Johnny Logan Spencer Jr. said in court Friday that while the poem might be offensive, it has not incited violence and should be protected under the Constitution as a work of art.
“That is what makes this country great,” Laura Wyrosdick told U.S. Magistrate Judge Dave Whalin during a federal court hearing in Louisville.
But a federal prosecutor said the 16-line verse titled “The Sniper,” which includes the language “DIE negro DIE,” is not the kind of speech that the U.S. Supreme Court has said deserves protection.
“This is a threat by one individual against another because he is the president and because he is black,” said Assistan
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