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US v. Jeffries, 10-CR-100 (E.D. Tenn.; Nov. 29, 2010) (Order)

US v. Jeffries, 10-CR-100 (E.D. Tenn.; Nov. 29, 2010) (Order)

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Court adopts report and recommendation finding that video posted by disgruntled family law litigant threatening commissioner can constitute a true threat.
Court adopts report and recommendation finding that video posted by disgruntled family law litigant threatening commissioner can constitute a true threat.

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTEASTERN DISTRICT OF TENNESSEEAT KNOXVILLEUNITED STATES OF AMERICA,))Plaintiff,)v.)No. 3:10-CR-100)(Phillips)FRANKLIN DELANO JEFFRIES, II,))Defendant.)MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
On October 22, 2010, the Honorable C. Clifford Shirley, United States Magistrate Judge,filed a Report and Recommendation (“R&R”) [Doc. 31] in which he recommended to denyDefendant’s Motion to Dismiss the Indictment [Doc. 22]. The parties appeared before Judge Shirleyfor an evidentiary hearing on September 16, 2010. On November 5, 2010, Defendant filedobjections to the R&R. [Doc. 32]. On November 19, 2010, the Government filed a response. [Doc.34].Having reviewed the R&R [Doc. 31], the Court finds itself in agreement with Judge Shirley’sanalysis of the legal issues. Consequently, the R&R [Doc. 31] will be
ACCEPTED IN WHOLE
.Accordingly, for the reasons articulated by Judge Shirley in the R&R [Doc. 31], Defendant’s Motionto Dismiss the Indictment [Doc. 22] is
DENIED
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The Court notes that on November 16, 2010, the Government filed a Superseding Indictment.[Doc. 33]. The Superseding Indictment is identical to the original Indictment, except for the inclusion of the word “Facebook.” The Superseding Indictment charges that “on or about July 9, 2010, in the EasternDistrict of Tennessee, the defendant . . . knowingly did transmit in interstate commerce a communication,namely a video of himself posted on the public internet websites YouTube and Facebook, to KnoxCounty Chancellor Micahel W. Moyers, and the communication specifically contained a threat to injureand kill Knox County Chancellor Micahel W. Moyers, in violation of Title 18, United States Code,Section 875(c).”
Case 3:10-cr-00100 Document 35 Filed 11/29/10 Page 1 of 2 PageID #: 247

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