Harper Warned by Judge

On November 20th I mentioned that animal activist Josh Harper, who was indicted for failing to appear before a grand jury, had sent out a couple e-mail messages to animal rights activists that contained some pretty strong language. According to an Americans for Medical Progress e-mail newsletter, U.S. Magistrate Judge Dennis J. Hubel was not pleased with Harper’s e-mail missive and warned Harper that, “I think it comes dangerously close to asking people to
commit violent acts.”

AMP went on to report that,

Although Harper’s attorney argued the activist was within his constitutional free-speech rights, Hubel said that if Harper incited, encouraged or publicized his approval for crimes, it would violate the
conditions of his pretrial release and land him in jail.

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