Prosecutors Drop Federal Charge Against Man Accused of Sending Tweet That Set Off Dallas Journalist's Seizure

Federal prosecutors have dismissed their case against a Maryland man accused of sending a seizure-inducing tweet to Dallas-based journalist Kurt Eichenwald last year.A judge granted the U.S. attorney's motion to drop a cyberstalking charge against John Rayne Rivello on Tuesday. The charge was dismissed without prejudice, meaning that prosecutors can choose to refile it in the future.Rivello, 30, still faces one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in Dallas County. That charge carries a hate-crime enhancement.Eichenwald, a senior writer at Newsweek and a contributing editor for Vanity Fair, said last December that someone had tweeted a flashing image at him that induced an eight-minute epileptic seizure. The image read: "You deserve a seizure for your post."  Continue reading...

Read More

Copyright DFW-MorningNews
Contact Us