Jefferson Memorial

In Re S.W.: Context is Critical When Proving Criminal Threat

Jamison KoehlerOpinions/Cases, Other Criminal Offenses

I have never been a fan of D.C.’s “threats to do bodily harm” statute. For one thing, it criminalizes behavior that is already covered under the assault statute.  After all, is there any real difference between threatening to hurt another person and intending to frighten someone?  For another, with almost identical language in both the felony and misdemeanor threats statutes, …