Ca. Court Voids Conviction In Student Poetry Case

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Calling school safety and free speech "not necessarily antagonistic goals," the California Supreme Court unanimously overturned the felony conviction of a high school student whose violence-laced poem was deemed a criminal threat, reports the Los Angeles Times. The ruling cleared the criminal record of a Santa Clara County teenager who as a 15-year-old sophomore was sentenced to 100 days in juvenile detention for giving classmates copies of a poem he had written that mentioned bringing guns to school. The prosecution attracted national attention, and several prominent writers weighed in on behalf of the young poet. The . . .

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