Man Facing Cyberstalking Charges For Posting
SEATTLE (AP) - A retired Air Force major is asking a federal court to declare Washington state's cyberstalking law unconstitutional, saying he's been threatened with prosecution - and up to a year in jail - for repeatedly making online posts that criticize a community activist.
Richard L. Rynearson III filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court on Tuesday. He's represented by Eugene Volokh, a University of California law professor who also recently challenged a similar law in Ohio.
Rynearson has repeatedly posted about a Bainbridge Island resident who founded a memorial to the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. He says those who condemn the internment should also strongly speak out against the government's indefinite detention powers, but that the activist hasn't.
Rynearson says it's within his free-speech rights, but prosecutors have threatened to charge him with cyberstalking.