Archive/File: jake-baker-case-tossed (c) Reuter, June 21, 1995 Judge dismisses charges over internet rape fantasy DETROIT, June 21 (Reuter) - A federal judge Wednesday threw out charges against a former University of Michigan student who sent messages on the Internet describing his fantasy of raping and murdering a classmate. U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn said Jake Baker did not demonstrate any intent to carry out his brutal fantasy. In his decision, Cohn wrote that the message was ``only a rather savage and tasteless piece of fiction.'' Baker, 21, was arrested in February after a University of Michigan alumnus read the message on the computer network and notified school officials. Baker, who identified the target of his fantasy by name, faced five counts of transmitting a threat to kidnap or injure via electronic mail, each punishable by up to five years in prison. Prosecutors alleged that his fantasy and later electronic mail messages to another man had evolved into a firm plan of action. They also alleged that Baker's later messages also described his desire to rape and murder young girls. But Baker's defence attorneys argued that his writings on the computer network had constituted free speech protected by the First Amendment. Baker was suspended by the university after the incident and has since withdrawn from the school.
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