ELONIS V. UNITED STATES (U.S. SUPREME COURT, 2014)

At issue in this case is the standard for determining when a statement crosses the line from protected speech to a "true threat." The defendant in the case posted threatening statements on Facebook, including one about wanting to kill his estranged wife and dump her body in a creek to make it look like a rape. He later said that he did not mean the statements as a threat, but rather as a rant. ADL's brief argued that true threats should be unlawful, regardless of whether the State can prove that the speaker intended the statements as a threat.