Category Archives: Law

Lehto’s Law: You can be arrested over a Facebook post

In this video, Steve Lehto discusses a story in the New York Times; a fellow named Robert Freeze who in New Hampshire received a traffic citation he disagreed with. So he went online to the comments page of a newspaper and wrote his opinion: that “the cop who gave the ticket was a ‘dirty cop’, and that the police chief was a coward”

It turns out that in New Hampshire; there is a criminal law against libel, and “half the states in America have laws that make libel a crime, and prosecutions still happen “, such that if someone writes things about you that you don’t like, there is a potential to have the person arrested. So if you are a police officer, and you feel someone’s libeled or slandered you: you can just arrest the person, since they’ve broken the law, according to you.