Judge drops case against man without ‘true threat’ against Biden and Harris in online harassment

A Michigan man was released Friday after facing accusations of threatening to kill President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

Russell Warren, 49, appeared for a preliminary hearing Friday due to the several messages he sent via X threatening political officials, including Biden, Harris, other 2024 presidential candidates, and former members of Donald Trump’s Cabinet. Instead, U.S. Magistrate Judge Patricia Morris dismissed the case against him.

Morris told the Detroit News that Warren did not present a “true threat” because his messages included calls to “others” to harm the individuals he targeted by placing them in jail to face consequences.

“He did not threaten to take or kidnap them to any secluded place nor did he threaten to harm them by his own hands,” Morris said.

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