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Does the government have the right, or a responsibility, to intervene based on the content of “art” in a context like that?

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The job of the Supreme Court is to apply the Constitution, not to make public policy. That means that if they’re doing their job, the specific outcomes of the decision shouldn’t be a factor in their decision. That’s why, sometimes, bad guys go free because the police violated a rule that protects all of us if we’re accused of wrongdoing. Free speech can also be troublesome. It sounds a lot better in theory than it sometimes turns out in practice.
Find a Supreme Court case called – https://www.oyez.org/cases/2014/13-983
What can you say and not say on social media? Where does your freedom of speech end and become a specific threat to another person?
Read about the case and write a 2-5 page essay telling your reader what the case was about, what the court majority decided and why. If you were a Supreme Court Justice, what would your decision have been and why?
Also: Part of the court’s decision in this case is…it’s not the impact the message has, it’s the intent of the person delivering the message that counts, right? Please add a paragraph and tell me your opinion of that idea in light of what happened in the Astroworld festival ( https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/06/us/houston-astroworld-festival/index.html ) last fall. Does the government have the right, or a responsibility, to intervene based on the content of “art” in a context like that?
Submit in Word. Cite your sources. Make sure it is between 4-5 paragraphs.
Resources
the SCOTUS blog is always a great place to start: https://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/elonis-v-united-states/
The Cornell Law School also: https://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/cert/13-983
As always, the New York Times is a great resource for Supreme Court cases: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/02/us/supreme-court-rules-in-anthony-elonis-online-threats-case.html

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