William Melchert-Dinkel is not a free-speech hero for encouraging suicide on the Internet
William Melchert-Dinkel's suicide-cheerleading isn't protected speech.
Rice County Sheriff's Dept.
William Melchert Dinkel wanted his judge to rule that adopting an online persona to help convince people to kill themselves is protected as free speech. Rice County Judge Thomas Neuville isn't buying it.
Melchert-Dinkel's habit of entering into fake suicide pacts with people he met online and advising them on how best do the deed isn't covered by the first amendment, Neuville ruled, because suicide is a crime and speech that aides or abets a crime isn't protected as free speech.
Melchert-Dinkel's is expected to plead not guilty at his next court appearance, Nov. 19.
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