Charges will be dropped in “disorderly conduct” / recording of bullies case

TribLive reports that the charges will be dropped in the Pennsylvania case where a high school student was convicted of “disorderly conduct” for recording his classmates insulting and menacing him. The conviction (now on appeal) will thus be erased. Here’s a quote from the District Attorney’s office:

No one in our office who was authorized to give advice on wiretap issues or school conduct issues was ever contacted in this matter. We have made multiple attempts to contact the officer who wrote the citation. Those attempts have been unsuccessful. It is our intention to withdraw the citation on April 29 because we do not believe his conduct rises to the level of a citation.

Glad to hear it, though I wish it had happened earlier. For more on the story — and on why the charges were unfounded — see here and here.

Eugene Volokh teaches free speech law, religious freedom law, church-state relations law, a First Amendment Amicus Brief Clinic, and tort law, at UCLA School of Law, where he has also often taught copyright law, criminal law, and a seminar on firearms regulation policy.
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