A French court has ordered right-wing political leader Marine Le Pen to undergo psychiatric evaluation for posting images online of violence committed by the Islamic State. She has been charged with disseminating images of violence that could be seen by children. Le Pen faces up to three years in prison and a fine of up to $87,000 if convicted. She says she would not comply with the court order, which is not legally enforceable.
In the best of all possible worlds, such actions wouldn't be necessary. In the current climate, boycotting social media might spark a return to a robust marketplace of ideas.
"My cousin committed suicide while on duty at the armory after coming home from a tour abroad."
The Utah Supreme Court upheld a six-month suspension without pay, based in part (though not entirely) on these remarks; the judge has a history of past discipline on other grounds as well.
"I want to be clear that the comments I made are not indicative of who I am or who I've become in the years since."
What happens when cities and counties have their own ideas about a law that authorizes the seizure of guns from people who are mentally ill?