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From: Eleanor Simpson, Esq. (e-mail her)
Re: James Fulford's Blog: Punishing Obama Critics
Ordinarily I'd be in full agreement with Fulford that the University of Texas football player Buck Burnette shouldn't have been punished for posting a so-called "racial slur" [referring to President-Elect Barack Obama] on the Internet.
My problem is that the sentence Burnette posted, "All the hunters gather up..." could have been interpreted as a threat to an individual's life.
Indeed, I've seen such statements regarded precisely that way by law enforcement, and taken seriously.
James Fulford replies: Well, maybe, although Burnette was just posting what someone sent him as a text message so the original sender is the one who should be in trouble.
I doubt if any university has disciplined any anti-Bush students.