It definately can be prosecuted in the UK.Ripsnort said:Can threatening bodily harm to someone, via text format, on the internet, be prosecuted? (no, *I* was not the one doing the threatening)
Yes. If you look at the second smilie icon in your signature area, your knuckles do seem to be dragging awefully close to the ground. Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. :thumbup: :rofl:Ripsnort said:No! Jeez! Does it look like my knuckles are dragging on the ground?
Gosh I guess I could have done this on a google search, Thks a bunch! I'm assuming this encompasses "electronic" threats, no?The Roadstergal said:Was it in WA?
Definition -- Penalties.
*** CHANGE IN 2003 *** (SEE 5758.SL) ***
(1) A person is guilty of harassment if:
(a) Without lawful authority, the person knowingly threatens:
(i) To cause bodily injury immediately or in the future to the person threatened or to any other person; or
(ii) To cause physical damage to the property of a person other than the actor; or
(iii) To subject the person threatened or any other person to physical confinement or restraint; or
(iv) Maliciously to do any other act which is intended to substantially harm the person threatened or another with respect to his or her physical or mental health or safety; and
(b) The person by words or conduct places the person threatened in reasonable fear that the threat will be carried out. "Words or conduct" includes, in addition to any other form of communication or conduct, the sending of an electronic communication.
(2) A person who harasses another is guilty of a gross misdemeanor punishable under chapter 9A.20 RCW, except that the person is guilty of a class C felony if either of the following applies: (a) The person has previously been convicted in this or any other state of any crime of harassment, as defined in RCW 9A.46.060, of the same victim or members of the victim's family or household or any person specifically named in a no-contact or no-harassment order; or (b) the person harasses another person under subsection (1)(a)(i) of this section by threatening to kill the person threatened or any other person.
(3) The penalties provided in this section for harassment do not preclude the victim from seeking any other remedy otherwise available under law.
The RCW is online:Ripsnort said:Gosh I guess I could have done this on a google search, Thks a bunch! I'm assuming this encompasses "electronic" threats, no?
It would very much depend on who was doing the threatening and how much I believed the threat might actually be carried out.Ripsnort said:Just curious, what would *you* do in a situation like this?