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Wisconsin - bizarre
Posted by: Speedy
Date: September 27, 2021 06:57AM
A teen posted that she had covid-19. Police said she was causing trouble — and threatened jail time.

[www.washingtonpost.com]

Amyiah Cohoon had just gotten home from the hospital in March 2020 when a sheriff’s sergeant arrived, warning of possible charges and even jail time. The high school student’s offense: posting on Instagram that she had “beaten the corona virus.”

It was early in the pandemic, and her county in Wisconsin had yet to record any cases of covid-19, court documents say. “Concerned citizens” started calling local officials.

“If [the post] doesn’t come down, the sheriff has directed me to issue disorderly conduct citations, if not start taking people to jail,” the Marquette County, Wis., sergeant told Cohoon’s father, according to dash-cam video obtained by The Washington Post. “Because it is causing a disturbance to the public.”

The post came down, but Cohoon’s family filed a federal lawsuit the next month against the sheriff’s office over the threat.

A federal judge recently ruled that the sheriff’s office violated the student’s right to free speech, regardless of whether she actually had covid-19. The teen could not immediately get tested, and doctors advised that an eventual negative test might have come too late, according to U.S. District Judge Brett Ludwig.



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Re: Wisconsin - bizarre
Posted by: S. Pupp
Date: September 27, 2021 08:27AM
Ms. Cohoon was posting about having a nonexistent virus. That claim is a danger to the populace at large. People might think the virus is real, and panic. Much like you can't yell "FIRE" in a crowded theater, public safety warrants silencing her, .

Conservative denial like this has killed more than three quarters of a million people in this country.
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Re: Wisconsin - bizarre
Posted by: Janit
Date: September 27, 2021 10:47AM
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S. Pupp
Ms. Cohoon was posting about having a nonexistent virus. That claim is a danger to the populace at large. People might think the virus is real, and panic. Much like you can't yell "FIRE" in a crowded theater, public safety warrants silencing her, .

Conservative denial like this has killed more than three quarters of a million people in this country.

More like saying you can't yell "FIRE" inside a burning building because people trying to escape might create a public danger.
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Re: Wisconsin - bizarre
Posted by: S. Pupp
Date: September 27, 2021 11:37AM
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Janit
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S. Pupp
Ms. Cohoon was posting about having a nonexistent virus. That claim is a danger to the populace at large. People might think the virus is real, and panic. Much like you can't yell "FIRE" in a crowded theater, public safety warrants silencing her, .

Conservative denial like this has killed more than three quarters of a million people in this country.

More like saying you can't yell "FIRE" inside a burning building because people trying to escape might create a public danger.

Well said.
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Re: Wisconsin - bizarre
Posted by: kj
Date: September 27, 2021 04:52PM
Just about all institutions try not to make value judgements in any way now, so if people complain, they don't evaluate the legitimacy of the complaint, they just act on it. Schools, businesses, etc. all do the same thing. Unfortunately, there is no getting around using some judgement if you want decisions that aren't dumb as a rock. I guess in this case it's about as clear a violation of free speech as you'd ever see, so the brain-dead strategy didn't work so well.
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Re: Wisconsin - bizarre
Posted by: RgrF
Date: September 27, 2021 04:56PM
It's a local county elected official (in this case a sheriff) acting as a censor out of a political agenda.
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