Wednesday, March 3, 2010

A Curious Framing of First Amendment Rights

From the Seattle Times:
A Clackamas [Oregon] man has filed a federal lawsuit over what he says is his First Amendment right to express himself by giving the finger to sheriff's deputies.

Robert Ekas tells The Oregonian that he flipped off Clackamas County sheriff's deputies because he has a constitutional right to do it. Ekas also says he is protesting police violence.

In his lawsuit, Ekas says that in July 2007 he flipped off a Clackamas deputy while driving, and the deputy gave him tickets for illegal lane change and improper display of license plates. He was acquitted on the citations. A month later, he gave the finger to another deputy, who detained him but wrote no tickets.
Hmm. . . . I wonder whether this constitutes "protected" speech.

6 comments:

  1. This is clearly not protected sppech. It's the kind of conduct that incites public unrest.

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