A 1997 United States appellate courtÂ’s dismissal of a highly
publicized Internet case that
began in 1995 involved a university student named Jake Baker. This case
garnered much attention from the press because the dismissal of the case
provoked mixed reactions from many regarding the First Amendment. Baker, who
was charged with interstate transmission of threats over the Internet, was
arrested in 1995 for posting a story on the Internet involving a detailed rape
and torture depiction of a woman who had the same full name as a classmate in
his university Japanese course. Baker was suspended indefinitely from the
university in 1995 and was imprisoned for one month.
Besides the controversy around the First Amendment, other
issues were raised with the dismissal of this case. For example, Gloria Allred,
the attorney for O.J. SimpsonÂ’s murdered wife, Nicole Simpson, accused law
officials of not treating cyberstalking cases seriouslyÂ—which is what she
alleged the Baker case was about.
Cyberstalkers and Cyberstalking; Internet.
Kosseff, J. Decision on Baker Spurs Legal Debate. The Michigan Daily [Online,
January 31, 1997.] The Michigan Daily Online Website. http://www.pub.umich.edu/