"Too often people have believed that the internet is a magical, protected
space where nothing they do can be policed.
"Zimmerman, a typical troll, operated under the belief that if he hid
behind an anonymous internet user name, nothing could happen to him.
"They type threats on their keyboard that they would never utter in
person. A rash of such cases has arisen in the past couple of years, and
prosecutors are cracking down.
"Social networks have a duty to identify internet bullies who cower
behind anonymity. As victims repeatedly fight back, we can hope to see a
culture shift. "
Zimmerman was given the suspended sentence, ordered to pay costs and made
subject of a restraining order. Read more