Two pro-abortion zealots who sent death threats to Texas pro-life lawmakers during the contentious passage of a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks are now under investigation by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).
According to MySA.com, the DPS has issued subpoenas to Twitter directing them to disclose account information on two Twitter users – @deniseromano and @prisonforbush – who sent death threats to Republican leaders who voted for abortion restrictions.
“The account @prisonforbush sent it’s first tweet in more than a year on July 18, which is the day Gov. Rick Perry signed into law some of the countries tightest abortion restrictions,” MySA.com reports. “The account sent about 40 tweets that day . . . . Of the 40 tweets, many of which were vulgar, five mentioned Texas Republican leaders including Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and former President George W. Bush. The account @deniseromano had a large volume of tweets . . . .”
Tweets from @prisonforbush threatened to torture, jail and hang lawmakers. In another tweet, he suggested a lawmaker should be treated “like Jesus crucify him I’ll donate the nails.”
A tweet from @deniseromano asks: “Should we execute Perry by lethal injection or stoning for all he’s killed?”
Breitbart reports that both Twitter accounts participated in heavy attacks on Andrew Breitbart and Breitbart News contributors in the past, such as @prisonforbush which celebrated the sudden death of Breitbart by tweeting: “Breitbart dead? D Good riddance. More republicans should follow his lead.”
“The @DeniseRomano account has a blog associated with it,” Breitbart reports. “Among the bizarre sentiments expressed on the blog is a request that women refuse to have sexual intercourse with any right-of-center person: “I hope all women will refuse to have sex with anyone who is a republican or libertarian and who is not a feminist.”
The move by DPS is unprecedented as it marks the first time law enforcement officials have subpoenaed Twitter user information in a criminal investigation.
“I haven’t heard of a tweet being used for the basis of a criminal case,” said Paul Watler, a Dallas-based First Amendment lawyer and a former president of the Texas Freedom of Information Foundation, to MySA.com.
“There’s lots of open questions here. Our law does recognize the right of anonymous speech, but that does not give a person (the right) to anonymously violate criminal laws.”
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