The AP reports that Edward Pinkney, who ran for the Michigan Sixth District U.S. House seat as a Green Party candidate this year, “can post bond while he appeals his conviction” for “warning that a judge could be tortured by God.”
The AP continues, “After being convicted and sentenced to probation in 2007 for paying people to vote in a Benton Harbor recall election,” Pinkney “wrote an article in a small Chicago newspaper saying the judge who handled the case could be punished by God with curses, fever and ‘extreme burning’ unless he changed his ways. Another judge considered the article a threat and sentenced Pinkney to three to 10 years in prison for violating his probation. Pinkney, who says he’s a Baptist minister, and his attorneys say he was only paraphrasing some Bible verses from the book of Deuteronomy.” The Michigan ACLU “filed an appeal, saying his comments were protected under the First Amendment and that he was wrongly imprisoned.”
Pinkney received 3,461 votes in his congressional bid, finishing behind the Republican winner, the Democratic challenger, and Libertarian Greg Merle, who received 4,625 votes.