Saturday, April 23, 2011

A Mr. Ryan J. Stephens of Mason, Ohio is challenging his misdemeanor ticket for barking at a police dog through a cruiser window.  His attorney's argument is that Stephens's action was protected speech, which therefore makes unconstitutional the city ordinance under which he was charged.

The lawyer's position is most likely correct.  Getting into a drunken shouting match with a canine seems not much different than having a verbal exchange with another person, and it's certainly not (yet) against the law to behave like a jackass.

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