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Edward Pinkney, a professed Baptist minister, was convicted of violating his probation after stating that his sentencing judge “could be punished by God with curses, fever and ‘extreme burning’ unless he changed his ways.” Pinkey claims that he was simply paraphrasing scripture. An uninvolved judge ruled that Pinkney’s statements were threats and sentenced Pinkney to three to ten years in prison for violating his probation. The ACLU has filed an appeal on Pinkney’s behalf.

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