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Kansas court strikes down part of law criminalizing threats


October 25, 2019

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators went too far by criminalizing violent language not backed up by an intent to act, the state's highest court ruled Friday in striking down part of a law that it says violates free speech rights.

The Kansas Supreme Court kept in place portions of the 2010 law banning "true threats" but struck down the provision making it a felony for someone to be "reckless" in using threatening language that makes others afraid, even if the person making the comments doesn't intend violence.

The justices said that part of the law is so broad that it might apply to the...

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