Judge Dismisses Twitter-Based Stalking Case

In a case with potentially far-reaching consequences for freedom of expression on the Internet, a federal judge dismissed a criminal case against a man accused of stalking a religious leader on Twitter, saying that the Constitution protects “uncomfortable” speech on such bulletin-board-like sites. The government had accused William Lawrence Cassidy of harassing and causing “substantial emotional distress” to a Buddhist religious leader named Alyce Zeoli.