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State v. D.R.C., COA No. 36821-1-III (Jul. 14, 2020)

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True Threats. The State failed to establish that the 17-year-old girl’s texts to friends, sent in the midst of a mother-daughter fight, and which interspersed statements that she wanted to kill her mother with smiling emojis and “LOL” do not constitute true threats for purposes of the harassment statute as there is no indication the girl ever meant for her mother to see the texts of that she ever threatened her mother directly. In assessing whether a defendant’s speech constituted a true threat, the focus is the impact the language would have on the defendant’s intended audience. State v. D.R.C., COA No. 36821-1-III (Jul. 14, 2020).

 

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