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Federal judge blocks Washington state cyberstalking law
SEATTLE — A federal judge blocked Washington state's cyberstalking law Friday, saying it clearly prohibits speech that is protected by the First Amendment. U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton in Tacoma issued a preliminary injunction in a case brought by a Bainbridge Island man who frequently makes online posts designed to criticize or embarrass — but not threaten — others. Leighton said Washington's 2004 law appears to violate the Constitution because it bans not just threats, but "a large range of non-obscene, non-threatening speech."