25 Years for Politically Incorrect Speech in Arizona
April 3, 2012
A bill approved by the Arizona House last week will make “telecommunications harassment” – speech others find offensive or threatening – a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by up to 25 years in prison.
Arizona House Bill 2549 passed both legislative houses and is now awaiting signature from Arizona governor Jan Brewer.
The legislation will make it “unlawful for any person, with intent to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend, to use a telephone any electronic or digital device and use any obscene, lewd or profane language or suggest any lewd or lascivious act, or threaten to inflict physical harm to the person or property of any person.” (Emphasis added.)