Keith Henson was peacefully picketing on a public highway to raise public awareness of the deaths of two young women at the hands of the cult of scientology.

This resulted in these charges.

COUNT 1

The undersigned, under penalty of perjury upon information and belief, declares: That the above named defendant(s) KEITH HENSON committed a violation of Penal Code section 422, a Misdemeanor, in that on or about July 1, 2000 through and including September 1, 2000, in the County of Riverside, State of California, he did wilfully and unlawfully, with the specific intent that his statements would be taken as a threat, threaten another person, to wit: BRUCE WAGONER, HILARY DEZOFELL[sic], MICHAEL GILCHRIST, DANA REID, and MURIEL DUFRESNE, to commit a crime which would result in great bodily injury and death, which threat on its face and under the circumstances in which it was made was so unequivocal, unconditional, immediate and specific as to convey to said person a gravity of purpose and an immediate prospect of execution of the threat, and thereby caused said person to reasonably be in sustained fear for their own safety and the safety of members of their immediate family.

COUNT 2

That the above named defendant(s) KEITH HENSON committed an [sic] violation of Penal Code section 664/422, a Misdemeanor, in that on or about July 1, 2000 through and including September 1, 2000, in the County of Riverside, State of California, he did attempt to wilfully and unlawfully, with the specific intent that his statements would be taken as a threat, threaten another person, to wit BRUCE WAGONER, HILARY DEZOFELL [sic], MICHAEL GILCHRIST, DANA REID, and MURIEL DUFRESNE, to commit a crime which would result in great bodily injury and death, which threat on its face and under the circumstances in which it was made was so unequivocal, unconditional, immediate and specific as to convey to said person a gravity of purpose and an immediate prospect of execution of the threat, and thereby caused said person to reasonably be in sustained fear for their own safety and the safety of members of their immediate family.

Apparently the corrupt DA realized this was preposterous, so the charges were amended.

COUNT 1

The undersigned, under penalty of perjury upon information and belief, declares: That the above named defendant(s) KEITH HENSON committed a violation of Penal Code section 422, a Misdemeanor, in that on or about July 1, 2000, in the County of Riverside, State of California, he did wilfully and unlawfully, with the specific intent that his statements would be taken as a threat, threaten another person, to wit: BRUCE WAGONER, HILARY DEZOFELL [sic], MICHAEL GILCHRIST, DANA REID, and MURIEL DUFRESNE, to commit a crime which would result in great bodily injury and death, which that on its face and under the circumstances in which it was made was so unequivocal, unconditional, immediate and specific as to convey to said person a gravity of purpose and an immediate prospect of execution of the threat, and thereby caused said person to reasonably be in sustained fear for their own safety and the safety of members of their immediate family.

COUNT 2

That the above named defendant(s) KEITH HENSON committed an attempt violationof [sic] Penal Code section 664/422, a Misdemeanor, in that on or about July 1, 2000 through and including September 1, 2000, in the County of Riverside, State of California, he did attempt to wilfully and unlawfully, with the specific intent that his statements would be taken as a threat, threaten another person, to wit BRUCE WAGONER, HILARY DEZOFELL [sic], MICHAEL GILCHRIST, DANA REID, and MURIEL DUFRESNE, to commit a crime which would result in great bodily injury and death, which threat on its face and under the circumstances in which it was made was so vocal, unconditional, immediate and specific as to convey to said person a gravity of purpose and an immediate prospect of execution of the threat, and thereby caused said person to reasonably be in sustained fear for their own safety and the safety of members of their immediate family.

COUNT 3

That the above named defendant(s) KEITH HENSON committed a violation of Penal Code section 422.6, a Misdemeanor, in that on or about July 1, 2000 through and including September 1, 2000, in the County of Riverside, State of California, he did wilfully and unlawfully by force or threat of force, injure, intimidate, interfere with, oppress, or threaten another person, to wit BRUCE WAGONER, HILARY DEZOFELL, MICHAEL GILCHRIST, DANA REID, and MURIEL DUFRESNE, in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him or her by the Constitution or laws of this state or by the Constitution or laws of the United States because of the other person's race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, gender, or sexual orientation, or because he or she perceives that the other person has one or more of those characteristics.

Henson was convicted of violating this law, which evidently prohibits peacefully picketing on public highways.

422.6. (a) No person, whether or not acting under color of law, shall by force or threat of force, willfully injure, intimidate, interfere with, oppress, or threaten any other person in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him or her by the Constitution or laws of this state or by the Constitution or laws of the United States because of the other person's race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, gender, or sexual orientation, or because he or she perceives that the other person has one or more of those characteristics.

(b) No person, whether or not acting under color of law, shall knowingly deface, damage, or destroy the real or personal property of any other person for the purpose of intimidating or interfering with the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to the other person by the Constitution or laws of this state or by the Constitution or laws of the United States, because of the other person's race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, gender, or sexual orientation, or because he or she perceives that the other person has one or more of those characteristics.

(c) Any person convicted of violating subdivision (a) or (b) shall be punished by imprisonment in a county jail not to exceed one year, or by a fine not to exceed five thousand dollars ($5,000), or by both that imprisonment and fine, and the court shall order the defendant to perform a minimum of community service, not to exceed 400 hours, to be performed over a period not to exceed 350 days, during a time other than his or her hours of employment or school attendance. However, no person shall be convicted of violating subdivision (a) based upon speech alone, except upon a showing that the speech itself threatened violence against a specific person or group of persons and that the defendant had the apparent ability to carry out the threat.

Picket sign. Words. Scary.