Putting the Rap in RAP Sheet: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules Threatening Lyrics Against Police Are Not Protected by First Amendment

In Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Jamal Knox, Pennsylvania’s highest court upheld a rapper’s criminal conviction and ruled that his rap song that identified Pittsburgh police officers by name and made direct threats of violence against them is not protected speech under the First Amendment. This ruling highlighted that other courts, such as the Ninth Circuit,…

What You Say Online Can and Will Be Used Against You

By Traci I. Park and Kelly A. Trainer With increasing frequency, litigants are seeking access to content posted on social media platforms to use as evidence in civil and criminal matters.  Given that millions of people take to social media every day to vent about the workplace, share their opinions on every issue imaginable, or…