Dou­glas Mackey’s Meme-Relat­ed Prison Sen­tence Halt­ed By Fed­er­al Court

Douglas Mackey’s Meme-Related Prison Sentence Halted By Federal Court

A fed­er­al court on Mon­day halt­ed the prison sen­tence for Dou­glas Mack­ey, who was con­vict­ed ear­li­er this year of elec­tion inter­fer­ence for post­ing memes that mocked Hillary Clin­ton vot­ers to cast their bal­lot via text dur­ing the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.
Mack­ey was accused of a “scheme to deprive indi­vid­u­als of their con­sti­tu­tion­al right to vote” after a Twit­ter account he ran under the han­dle “Ricky Vaughn” post­ed memes in the lead-up to the elec­tion. In Octo­ber, Judge Ann M. Don­nel­ly of Fed­er­al Dis­trict Court in Brook­lyn sen­tenced Mack­ey to 7 months in prison, a $15,000 fine, and two years pro­ba­tion.
How­ev­er, Judge Omar Williams of the Sec­ond Cir­cuit Court of Appeals report­ed­ly over­ruled the …