If someone I know posted something about an illegal activity online, is it protected by the first amendment?

Asked about 1 year ago - Saint Joseph, MO

Even if the illegal activity is decriminalized in other states, do local law enforcment, have the right to investagate, and use this post on the internet against someone in court?

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  1. Rixon Charles Rafter III

    Contributor Level 20

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    Answered . Protected speech can be used to investigate, introduced as evidence, and used to convict.

    NOT LEGAL ADVICE. FOR EDUCATION AND INFORMATION ONLY. Mr. Rafter is licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of... more
  2. Alexander M. Ivakhnenko

    Contributor Level 20

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    Answered . Absolutely. Any open source of information may give rise to any criminal investigation as such submission are not protected by any privilege.

    DISCLAIMER The answer given above by the lawyer serves for educational purposes only and provides general... more
  3. Andrew Mark Jaffe

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    Answered . Yes, local law enforcement could use his post in court as evidence of wrong doing.

    Never post anything on the Internet you would not want your mother to know!

    This post is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice specific to... more

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