Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Did Kathy Griffin break the law with her photo of a decapitated Trump?

Did Kathy Griffin break the law with her photo of a decapitated Trump?: Kathy Griffin sparked outrage across the political spectrum Tuesday when a photo surfaced of the edgy comedian holding aloft the bloody head of a dummy made to look like President Trump.

Much of the outcry on social media called for the Secret Service, the agency tasked with looking out for the president's safety, to arrest Griffin for threatening the president.

Griffin herself said she "crossed the line" in a video apology. But no matter how guilty Griffin was of bad taste, did she commit a crime?

I am sorry. I went too far. I was wrong. pic.twitter.com/LBKvqf9xFB
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) May 30, 2017

Threats "knowingly and willfully" made against the president, president-elect, vice president or vice president-elect are a class E felony under federal law. That includes any "threat to take the life of, to kidnap, or to inflict bodily harm" upon those officials.

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