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Friday, June 14, 2024

"Prosecution for Alleged Stalking/Harassment of Israeli Tourists in N.Y. on Oct. 18, 2023 Can Go Forward"

Eugene Volokh has this post at The Volokh Conspiracy, excerpting an interesting opinion from the trial court addressing the First Amendment and the "course of conduct" requirement in the New York statute. From the excerpt of the opinion:

In this instance, the Defendant allegedly taunted, threatened, and assaulted the complainants for over ten minutes while physically following them for multiple city blocks, all after being told by both the complainants and security personnel to stop. The Defendant clearly committed a "series of acts" by allegedly voicing multiple verbal threats, some of which wished death upon the complainants, playing what the Defendant self-described as "Hamas music," following the complainants for over ten minutes over the course of several city blocks, and eventually allegedly striking one of the complainants about the face.

These acts were "committed over a period of time," albeit a relatively short period of time, namely approximately twelve minutes.

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