According to the L.A. Times, one blogger is facing up to 10 years jail time for posting a comment that three Chicago judges "deserve to be killed" for having rejected a 2nd Amendment challenge to the city's handgun ban in 2009. A jury in Brooklyn, NY convicted him this month of threatening the lives of the judges on the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
In western Pennsylvania, a judge recently ruled a community website must identify the Internet address of individuals who posted comments calling a township official a "jerk" who put money from the taxpayers in "his pocket." He also owned a car lot and someone on the website trashed his cars as "junk". The official sued for defamation, claiming the comments were false and damaged his reputation. In a similar ruling, a North Carolina official sued bloggers on a local website for calling him a slumlord.
Media law experts advise that bloggers and e-mailers need to think twice before hitting the 'send' button.