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Smart Talk: Filmmaker Nancy Speilberg; When is a threat online a crime?; Wounded vets travel country

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jun 5, 2015 9:42 AM

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What to look for on Smart Talk Friday, June 5, 2015:

Prosecutors may have a more difficult time proving that violent threats made on social media sites constitute a crime after a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this week. 

Anthony Elonis of Northampton County, Pennsylvania wrote what he called fictitious, rap music lyrics where he threatened violence against his estranged wife, co-workers, and a kindergarten class.

He was convicted of making the threats, but the high court struck down that conviction, saying prosecutors did not show criminal intent by Elonis.

The ruling has left some wondering what constitutes a violent threat.

We'll dissect the case on Friday's Smart Talk with Widener Law Harrisburg's Prof. Randy Lee and Ellen Kramer, Legal Director for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Need help or assistance?  Feel threatened or unsafe?

Contact the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence 1-800-932-4632 or

the National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233

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Ellen Kramer & Randy Lee

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Also, Filmaker Nancy Speilberg appears on the program to discuss Above and Beyond: The Untold True Story, her movie about Jewish-American pilots who flew and fought for Israel in that nation's 1948 war of independence.

The film will be shown exclusively at Chisuk Emuna Synagogue in Harrisburg at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 14.

Finally, eight wounded veterans are riding motorcycles on their way from Canada to Key West, Florida with a stop at the Lower Allen VFW in Cumberland County.

CORRECTION: It was said during the show that the Road Warrior Ride would stop at the Lower Allen VFW Friday at 5.  That is incorrect.  The veterans will pull into the VFW SUNDAY at around 5.  We regret the error.

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  • Scott LaMar img 2015-06-05 10:05

    Andre writes...
    With more and more cases like these involving the internet, should the consideration be made that the constitution should be amended or changed because cases of the times change?

  • Scott LaMar img 2015-06-05 10:21

    Thomas opines...
    The highest court in our nation determined that this person was NOT making threats you need to stop misleading your audience by continuing to label them as such. The English language has a long history of artwork that could be taken as threats, Jimi Hendrix, Guns 'n' Roses, and Nancy Sinatra to name a few! I am also disappointed in the lack of balanced guests on this segment.