Man Charged for Eichenwald Tweet

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According to a report in The Dallas Morning News, John Rayne Rivello, a 29-year-old accused of sending a seizure-inducing tweet to journalist Kurt Eichenwald, was charged one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Last week, Rivello was arrested in Maryland on a federal cyberstalking charge in connection with the case.

The FBI concluded that the tweet, featuring a flashing animated image, was sent “with the intent to kill, injure, harass, and intimidate.” The indictment said that a hate-crime enhancement was added to the charge because of Rivello’s “bias or prejudice against a group identified by race, ancestry, or religion, namely: persons of Jewish faith or descent.” Read more at THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS.


  1. Of course the charge is appropriate and I hope the creep who sent the tweet ends up criminally convicted. The fact that a normal, healthy person wouldn’t be affected is irrelevant – it’s analogous to deliberately serving peanut-containing food to someone who you know has a deadly allergy to peanuts.


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