Ted Nugent’s Rant Against President Obama: Do His Comments Warrant Criminal Charges?
Fox News legal analyst Lis Wiehl and defense attorney Joey Jackson debated whether rocker Ted Nugent can be charged for his rant against President Obama. There are new reports that Nugent will be meeting with the Secret Service over this growing controversy. Wiehl said today on 'Kelly’s Court' that he may face charges based on, “That there was an intent to threaten the president which you cannot do … that’s a felony.”
The possibly incriminating line out of his rant was when he said, “I’ll tell you this right now, if Barack Obama becomes the president again in November I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.”
Wiehl continued, “The Secret Service will have to say ‘hey Ted when you said that did you to mean to imply or to say that you were threatening to kill the president?’ … and if Nugent says ‘yes that’s exactly what I meant,’ well then I guess they have a case. If he doesn’t Megyn, I don’t think there’s enough quite right there.”
Is a verbal rant threatening the president a crime?
Jackson explained, “No it’s not, it has to be willful and knowingly and you have to have sort of the present intention to do something to the president … The bottom line is Megyn, we’re a great country because of the fact that we’re tolerant of different positions and different views. There’s a far distinction between political hyperbole where in campaigns people get riled up, people crazy horrific things, that’s wonderful. But at the same time you just can’t cross the line. Did he cross it here? Legally he did not.”
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Wiehl pointed out that Nugent’s comments can be taken a few different ways because he did not specifically state “I will kill the president.” Jackson added that the Secret Service has to look into every threat to make sure there are no real intentions to harm the president.