The man involved in a case regarding posting of online threats via Facebook caught the attention of probation officials for comments made from prison in a note aimed directly at a prosecutor.
The Supreme Court heard the argument as to whether or not to uphold the conviction of Anthony Elonis, who threatened his estranged wife, local schools, and law enforcement officials through Facebook.
Elonis, who claimed his comments aren’t actual threats, served prison time for three years and was released early this year.
Elonis sent a letter in 2013 to a U.S. attorney assistant while in custody. The statement ended with =-P, an expression signaling a person who is either being sarcastic, joking, or disgusted. In addition, he added, “I just thought you would appreciate my new found respect for the law.” He then signed it with, “Your BFF Anthony Douglas Elonis.”
Probation officials are currently looking for a condition that would restrict Elonis from reaching out to the U.S. Attorney’s Office from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.