On­line South Park threats put rad­i­cal be­hind bars

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

ALEXAN­DRIA, Va. — A Mus­lim con­vert from Brook­lyn was sen­tenced Fri­day to nearly 12 years in pri­son for post­ing on­line threats against the creators of the South Park tele­vi­sion show and oth­ers he deemed en­e­mies of Is­lam.

The sen­tence — largely in line with the term sought by pros­e­cu­tors — came af­ter Jesse Cur­tis Mor­ton, 33, of­fered an apol­ogy for his con­duct, say­ing he “con­tributed to a clash of civ­i­liza­tions” by es­pous­ing a vi­o­lent ide­ol­ogy.

Mor­ton founded the now-de­funct Rev­o­lu­tion Mus­lim web­site. He said he thought his web­site was pro­tected by the First Amend­ment. He ad­mit­ted that the web­site de­volved into coarse calls for vi­o­lent ji­had, and that he crossed the line by post­ing the al-Qaida mag­a­zine In­spire on the site. The mag­a­zine ex­plic­itly called for the mur­der of a car­toon­ist from Seat­tle.

He and an­other de­fen­dant, Zachary Chesser, used the web­site to de­liver thinly veiled threats against the creators of South Park tele­vi­sion show for per­ceived in­sults to the prophet Muham­mad, by de­pict­ing him in a bear cos­tume.

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