Game’s Police Tweet Is Probably Protected Speech, Says A Lawyer

    So, it turns out Game could probably have a First Amendment case on his hands, should he be charged in his Twitter prank from this weekend. You would think that tricking people into tying up the phone lines at the Compton Police Department would at least get you in some trouble, the L.A. Times talked to a lawyer who told them that Game could fight the case should he be charged, since he didn’t really tell people to call in bomb threats. He just tricked them into calling the department, and people pretty much hung up right away.  

    “It’s a very nuanced area,” Geragos said of speech in social media. “But in this case it doesn’t come close to being criminal. You are talking about expressing ideas,” Geragos said. “It’s no different when political action committees tell their followers in advance of a vote to contact their congressman or senator by phone or by email.

    If the Game specifically told his followers to tie up the 911 system or hack into an internal database, Geragos said there could be potential criminal exposure. But he said it wasn’t clear by The Game’s stream of tweets that he specifically intended to have his followers call the Compton sheriff’s station, even though he posted the number.

    “Calling a number or contacting law enforcement, even if it’s a hang-up, is not a crime,” Geragos said.

    So there you have it. I sort of want this to go to some trial, just so we can start calling Game a defender of the First Amendment. [LA Times]