June 29, 2016—Professor Eugene Volokh wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post on his blog discussing Idaho’s Chief Federal Prosecutor Wendy Olson’s warning she issued to the public after rumors began to spread about a sexual assault case that occurred in Twin Falls, Idaho. The case involves an alleged assault on a 5 year old girl by three boys, ages 7, 10, and 14. The op-ed was quoted in various news outlets, including the Idaho Statesman.
“[Olson’s statement] it seems to me, goes beyond calling for accuracy (and trying to deter threats, which are indeed criminally punishable),” writes Professor Volokh. “There is no First Amendment exception for ‘inflammatory’ statements; and even false statements about matters of public concern, the Supreme Court has repeatedly held, are an inevitable part of free debate.”