No. 3 WAP 2017.

190 A.3d 1146 (2018)

COMMONWEALTH of Pennsylvania, Appellee v. Jamal KNOX, Appellant.

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

Decided: August 21, 2018.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Peter Rosalsky, Esq. , Defender Association of Philadelphia, for Defender Association of Philadelphia, Amicus Curiae.

Sara Jeannette Rose, Esq. , American Civil Liberties Union, for American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, Amicus Curiae.

Patrick Kenneth Nightingale, Esq. , Mikhail Nikolaus Pappas, Esq. , for Appellant.

Clay Calvert, Esq. , for The Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project, Appellant Amicus Curiae.

J. Joshua Wheeler, Esq. , for The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, Appellant Amicus Curiae.

Francesco Lino Nepa, Esq. , Michael Wayne Streily, Esq. , Allegheny County District Attorney's Office, for Appellee.



In this appeal by allowance, we address whether the First Amendment to the United States Constitution permits the imposition of criminal liability based on the publication of a rap-music video containing threatening lyrics directed to named law enforcement officers.

In April 2012, Pittsburgh...

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