Tweeted Threat to Obama Gets Man Year in Jail
Alabama resident also gets 3 years' probation when he's out
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2013 3:46 PM CDT
President Obama gestures during a news conference in Germany on June 19.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – In the think-before-you-tweet category: An Alabama man got sentenced to a year in prison today for posting a death threat against President Obama on Twitter, reports Jarvis Britton, 26, has been behind bars for nine months on the charge, leaving him three more to serve. After that, he'll be on probation for three years. Britton pleaded guilty in March to sending the "Let's kill the president" tweet last year. The arrest came after the Secret Service warned him to knock it off after several earlier tweets directed at Obama. It might have been worse: In Kuwait this month, a woman got sentenced to 11 years for tweets calling for the overthrow of the regime, reports al-Jazeera.

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Jun 22, 2013 12:51 PM CDT
I wonder how much time one would get if he just wished Obummer would get warts on his face? Or if one of these days when he's prancing of a plane, he trips and makes a bigger fool of himself. Is it against the law to just think things, yet? Have the NSA appointed mind police yet?
Jun 21, 2013 8:45 AM CDT
President Barack Obama is the target of more than 30 potential death threats a day and is being protected by an increasingly over-stretched Secret Service. He is the most threatened President in history. Since the President took office in 2008, the rate of threats against the president has increased 400%. Some threats to the President have been publicized, including the well known alleged plot by white supremacists in Tennessee to rob a gun store, shoot 88 black people, decapitate another 14 and then assassinate the first black president in American history. Most however, are kept under wraps because the Secret Service fears that revealing details of them would only increase the number of copycat attempts. Threatening the President of the U.S. is a crime. Commit the crime, do the time.
Jun 21, 2013 8:30 AM CDT
Threatening the President of the United States is a class D felony under United States Code Title 18, Section 871. It consists of knowingly and willfully mailing or otherwise making "any threat to take the life of, to kidnap, or to inflict bodily harm upon the President of the United States". The United States Secret Service investigates suspected violations of this law and monitors those who have a history of threatening the President.