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VA Bill Would Criminalize Criticism of Governor and Associates

• https://bongino.com, by Matt Palumbo

The state doesn't have much respect for the Second Amendment, and we're about to see if their attitude is the same towards the First. Bill HB 1627 is titled "Threats and harassment of certain officials and property; venue," and was introduced by Democrat Jeffrey M. Bourne on January 16th.

HB 1627's summary as introduced reads: [The bill] Provides that certain crimes relating to threats and harassment may be prosecuted in the City of Richmond if the victim is the Governor, Governor-elect, Lieutenant Governor, Lieutenant Governor-elect, Attorney General, or Attorney General-elect, a member or employee of the General Assembly, a justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, or a judge of the Court of Appeals of Virginia. In addition, threats to damage property may be prosecuted in the City of Richmond if the property is owned by the Commonwealth and located in the Capitol District. 

The bill proposes a number of amendments to existing Virginia codes 18.2-6018.2-60.118.2-8318.2-152.7:1, and 18.2-430.

The bar for harassment is already as low as "vulgar language" in Virginia's code 18.2-152.7:1: If any person, with the intent to coerce, intimidate, or harass any person, shall use a computer or computer network to communicate obscene, vulgar, profane, lewd, lascivious, or indecent language, or make any suggestion or proposal of an obscene nature, or threaten any illegal or immoral act, he shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.


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