First Amendment? What’s That?

The Renton, Washington City Prosecutor has filed a complaint against an anonymous cartoonist for cyberstalking after the cartoonist’s mocking cartoons about the Renton Police Department cut a bit too close to the bone and embarrassed the city. Apparently the prosecutor believes that it is a crime to obtain leaked information and use that information to expose corruption and crime within the police department. A more detailed account can be found on the web site of KIRO TV, a Seattle area TV station.

Now, I am not a lawyer, but as best I know in this country it is a violation of the constitution to prosecute a cartoonist for obtaining leaked internal information and using it to mock a public agency. Calling the guy a cyberstalker doesn’t change that fact. The Renton City Prosecutor needs at very least a refresher course on the constitution. :/

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