Arizona to Ban… Trolling?

Once again, we can blame vague wording in the bill for this latest mishap. Oh Arizona, what other strange piece of legislation will you write next?

The bill, designed to thwart cyber-bullying, is set up in such a way that it appears to persecute any sort of comment deemed offensive. Now of course, no one likes trolls, but this is ridiculous:

A. It is unlawful for any person, with intent to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend, to use a telephone ANY ELECTRONIC OR DIGITAL DEVICE and use any obscene, lewd or profane language or suggest any lewd or lascivious act, or threaten to inflict physical harm to the person or property of any person. It is also unlawful to otherwise disturb by repeated anonymous telephone calls ELECTRONIC OR DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS the peace, quiet or right of privacy of any person at the place where the telephone call or calls COMMUNICATIONS were received.
B. Any offense committed by use of a telephone AN ELECTRONIC OR DIGITAL DEVICE as set forth in this section is deemed to have been committed at either the place where the telephone call or calls COMMUNICATIONS originated or at the place where the telephone call or calls COMMUNICATIONS were received.
C. Any person who violates this section is guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor.

While the rest of the bill seems legit when it comes to measures against stalking, the terms “annoy and offend” might be just a bit too broad. Assuming Governor Jan Brewer even bothers to sign this joke piece of legislation, good luck getting it past the courts.

I hope that wasn’t offensive; I don’t want authorities from Arizona to come after me. Then again, I don’t know what kind of jurisdiction Arizona would have in Iowa.

Source:
Techland