John G. Roberts, Jr.

Connecticut case among first to cite Supreme Court ruling on Lehigh Valley Facebook threats trial

A Connecticut man charged with threatening a state judge in emails he sent to six acquaintances last year is hoping a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling bolsters his effort to get his case dismissed. The case of Edward "Ted" Taupier of Cromwell is among the first in the country to cite the high court's June 1 decision, which threw out the conviction of Anthony Elonis, a Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, man prosecuted for making threats against his ex-wife and others on Facebook. At least 11 other legal cases have cited the ruling, according to the Westlaw legal research service. Rachel Baird, Taupier's lawyer, said her client was just venting about Judge Elizabeth Bozzuto...