City leader pleads not guilty in alleged radio threat on cop

Trial Gavel Sentence

EVERGREEN, Ala. (AP) – A city leader from a south Alabama town has pleaded not guilty to a federal charge of using his local radio show to threaten a police officer who pulled him over.

WALA-TV reports that Evergreen City Council member Luther James Upton entered the plea on Wednesday. He was indicted on a charge of making threatening interstate communications in November.

Upton allegedly went on a local radio show he hosts in May urging Evergreen officials to “get rid” of an officer who was only identified by initials in the indictment. The defense contends Upton’s statements weren’t a real threat, and they were protected by the First Amendment anyway.

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2/11/2022 8:13:18 AM (GMT -6:00)

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