I don’t usually side with the corporations, but there is something about this story that suggest criminality and culpability. But the 9th Circuit is well-known for its interesting decisions. David Kravetz at Wired has the story.
You send letters threatening a massacre at the Super Bowl. You actually get in your vehicle with an assault weapon and ammunition and head to the Super Bowl, then you change your mind and head home. The 9th following the letter of the law disagrees with the Citizens United Supreme Court decision and turns this guy loose because the organizations receiving the letters were not persons.
I think this decision may be more about Citizens United than it is about the 2008 Super Bowl.