Guy who got jail time for Facebook posts is released

18:34 Jun 1 2015 New York, NY, USA

The Supreme Court has reversed a conviction of a then-27-year-old man who made violent, rap-inspired comments on Facebook that landed him behind bars.

Anthony Elonis was convicted of violating a federal law that bars making interstate threats to harm people. His posts included threats about his wife, who had left him after 7 years of marriage and his children.

In a narrow 7-2 ruling issued Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that that the standard used to convict Elonis was not sufficient.

In a majority opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts said prosecutors needed more proof to show that Elonis had intended to act on his online threats.

"Federal criminal liability does not turn solely on the results of an act without considering the defendant's mental state," the court ruled, sending the case back down for further review with the stricter standard.

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