» posted on Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 at 1:06 pm by admin
Should Florida’s Written Threat Statute Be Amended?
836.10 Written threats to kill or do bodily injury; punishment.— Any person who writes or composes and also sends or procures the sending of any letter, inscribed communication, or electronic communication, whether such letter or communication be signed or anonymous, to any person, containing a threat to kill or to do bodily injury to the person to whom such letter or communication is sent, or a threat to kill or do bodily injury to any member of the family of the person to whom such letter or communication is sent commits a felony of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
This week community activist Michelle Williams commented on social media in reaction to the recent tragedies in our country, the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and the Dallas police. In response to her commentary Williams received a remark by a young white male who resides in Hernando County stating he hopes she is the next one to die by police. This white male then proceeded to send a picture of his concealed weapons permit to her facebook email inbox. Willliams called Hillsborough Sheiff’s office and spoke to Detective Kelly Smith who advised she was not generating a report because no crime had taken place.
Contrast the above statute with Florida’s Stalking statute and its “credible threat” definition.
784.048 Stalking; definitions; penalties.—
(1) As used in this section, the term:
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