There were developments this week in two "true threats" trials against Internet agitators who have been charged with inciting illegal actions on their blogs.
There was a mistrial in the case of Howard C. Turner after a hung jury failed to acquit or convict the Internet broadcaster, who said three Chicago judges "deserved to be killed" for supporting a handgun ban, The New York Times reported.
In Virginia, the trial of William A. White began. White was charged with making online threats after harrassing a newspaper columnist by making racist remarks via phone and e-mail message before publishing his home telephone number and address on a blog and encouraging readers to call him, The Roanoke Times reported.
Speech that is found to be a "true threat" is not protected by the First Amendment because it incites illegal violence or action.