Man loses latest court fight over violent Facebook posts

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 28, 2016 11:11 AM

Photo by AP Photo/Matt Rourke

FILE PHOTO: The Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia.

(Philadelphia) --  A U.S. appeals court is affirming the conviction of a Bethlehem man who posted violent rap lyrics on Facebook that took aim at his estranged wife, an elementary school and the FBI.

The ruling comes after the U.S. Supreme Court said the jury should have weighed his intent and not just the lyrics. 

But the appeals court says no jury could doubt Anthony Elonis knew the lyrics would intimidate his targets. 

The posts talked of killing his estranged wife, shooting up a school and slitting an FBI agent's throat. 

Defense lawyers say he was merely venting.

Elonis has served four years in prison while courts reviewing his case weigh the limits of free speech. 

Lawyer Abraham Rein says his client may again fight the felony threat conviction.

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