Questions Remain After U.S. Supreme Court's Facebook Threat Decision

"Danielle Citron, a professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, had a similar observation, saying that the court did send a clear message that prosecutors now have to prove some level of intent.

"There's some clarity," she said, although the ruling is technically very narrow.

Although the limited ruling—on only the statutory question instead of the constitutional issue—was a disappointment to many who had been waiting for the outcome of the case, it wasn't a huge surprise, Citron said. The justices had focused on mens rea from a statutory perspective at oral argument, she said."