Online South Park threats put radical behind bars
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.