The teen accused of a Facebook terror post has been set free, one month after he was jailed for a social network comment about the Boston Marathon bombings.
Cameron D’Ambrosio, 18, is the teen accused of the Facebook terror post, arrested and jailed May 1 after posting rap lyrics referencing the bombing.
In a case that became somewhat of a cause celebre for supporters of internet freedom and First Amendment rights, D’Ambrosio’s alleged Facebook terror post caused much debate over whether the comments were truly a legitimate threat warranting jail time.
Earlier this week, it appeared the prosecution would move forward with the Facebook terror post case and prior to that, bail for the teen accused of essentially being a bad rapper was set at a million dollars.
The lyrics prompting the Facebook terror post arrest were:
“F*** a boston bomb wait till u see the s*** I do, I’mma be famous rapping, and beat every murder charge that comes across me!”
Yesterday, however, D’Ambrosio got a break when a jury in the case refused to indict him based on the Facebook terror post accusation. Lawrence District Court Judge Lynn Rooney ordered D’Ambrosio’s release when the grand jury chose not to indict — but online freedom activists say the case’s implications remain.
Evan Greer of Boston’s Center for Rights and Fight For The Future commented:
“While today is a major victory for Cam, the chilling effect that this case has already had on free speech cannot be undone.”
Shirin Sinnar, assistant professor of law at Stanford University Law School, is quoted by Yahoo as saying about the Facebook terror post case:
“Law enforcement wants to preempt acts of violence before they occur… The risk is that you sweep in people who had no intent to cause a crime.”
If D’Ambrosio was convicted in the Facebook terror post case, he faced 20 years in jail.