Conviction upheld for threat to judge via YouTube

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of a Tennessee man who was convicted of transmitting an interstate threat when he appeared in a YouTube video singing a menacing song about a Knox County judge who was handling his child custody case.

On Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit upheld the conviction of Franklin Delano Jeffries II, who posted a video of himself singing the song and then sent out the link via Facebook.

Jeffries was upset over an impending court hearing in which Knox County Chancellor Michael Moyers was going to re-evaluate Jeffries' visitation rights with his daughter. According to court records, federal authorities charged him based on lyrics from the song, which included, "If you don't stop, I'll kill you."


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