U.S. Supreme Court Upholds State Anti-Stalking Laws

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld state anti-stalking laws, refusing to hear appeals of two men convicted for stalking. In Parker vs. Virginia, Michael Parker was convicted of making threatening phone calls to a woman from jail. The Virginia Court of Appeals upheld his conviction and said that his conviction did not stem exclusively from the calls. “He violated the stalking statute because he made a barrage of calls to a person with whom he had an abusive relationship with the knowledge that the calls caused the victim to reasonably fear bodily injury at his hands.”

In Jett vs. U.S., Roy Jett was convicted in the District of Columbia for sending threatening letters to a woman from prison.

U.S. Supreme Court Justices rejected arguments that state anti-stalking laws are an infringement of free-speech rights.


AP - April 20, 1998

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