DuBosque said yesterday that the post was not a threat to commit violence – no specific action, location or people were mentioned as a target – but rather lyrics in the often controversial rap tradition. And because there was not a specific threat, he added, the charge cannot stick.
“The statute requires the threat be that you’re going to place a device at a specific location and that was never said in the Facebook posting,” he said.
Meanwhile, a Boston civil liberties group said it has collected more than 55,000 signatures on an online petition calling for D’Ambrosio’s release. The Center for Rights collected signatures from around the country and plans to submit the petition either to a judge or to the district attorney.
Evan Greer, campaign manager for Center for Rights, said the group expects to collect more signatures and will decide soon when and to whom to submit it.
The online petition reads, “Posting lyrics on Facebook is not a crime. Jailing Cameron D’Ambrosio is a violation of the First Amendment. Release him to his family and protect free speech.”
Civil liberties activists sat with D’Ambrosio’s family in Salem Superior Court yesterday as support, he said.
D’Ambrosio, who has been in jail since his arrest May 1, is scheduled to appear in Lawrence District Court June 3 for a probable cause hearing.
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