Vainglorious Coward writes: In the UK, a man has been sentenced to three years in prison for posting inflammatory messages to a website. Pleading guilty to inciting racial hatred on a site dedicated to the memory of a murdered black teenager, the 30-year old accused stated that he was not racist, and had intended to stir up an argument on the website, but did not believe in what he had written. The defending lawyer described her client as "isolated and living in a fantasy world, spending hours on his computer in his room where his persona could be as he made it, good or bad."
Criminalising inciteful behavior is one thing, but three years for six messages seems a stiffer penalty than he might have received if he'd actually physically assaulted somebody.
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