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YouTube Baby Food Threats Get New York Man Arrested

Anton Dunn, a 42-year-old New Yorker who also goes by the name "Trashman," has ended up in jail after he posted numerous videos claiming that he helped poison millions of Gerber baby food containers. Wearing a black mask, Dunn said that upon his request Gerber employees contaminated the baby food with cyanide, getting him closer to his goal of killing infants.

When authorities apprehended Dunn they found no evidence that he actually did anything to baby food. Now he faces charges of sending threats and falsely claiming to have tampered with a consumer product. He also faces a maximum sentence of five years for each count.

This story reminds me of the possibly-illegal strip joint calling itself a performing arts center as a legal defense — should the law treat a threatening YouTube video as art? Free speech? Terrorism? While it's responsible for law enforcement officials to address disruptive threats, they would have their hands full if they tried to go after all the crazy stuff on the Internet.

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UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
I agree jms. Anyone who makes threats on the internet or over the phone, even in jest, should be prosecuted as if the threat was credible.
jms92977 jms92977 7 years
Yelling "fire" in a crowd is not covered under free speech and neither is this.
jms92977 jms92977 7 years
Yelling "fire" in a crowd is not covered under free speech and neither is this.
Roarman Roarman 7 years
The seriousness of what he said was huge and the implications of it even bigger. Imagine it wasn't clear whether he was telling the truth or not, the cost of pulling all Gerber baby food products off the shelves, stopping production and then testing it all would be huge.
mrscaru mrscaru 7 years
This was a really stupid thing to do. I'm thinking this isn't the stuff that's covered by free speech
True-Song True-Song 7 years
It has to be done on a case by case basis. That's why we have people in courtrooms as judges and juries instead of machines.
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