Thursday, March 26, 2009

FREE BIRD

The fact that you CAN flip off a police officer doesn't mean it's a good idea.
A Pittsburgh motorist was exercising his constitutional right of free speech when he gave the finger to a police officer and another driver during an argument over a parking space. A judge ruled this week that David Hackbart's display of his middle finger was a nonverbal gesture protected by the First Amendment.

Obama will find a way to tax nonverbal gestures. Maybe a cap and trade system.
A state judge later ruled Hackbart guilty and fined him $119.75. When Hackbart appealed, the district attorney withdrew the charges against him. That might have been the end of the story, except that Hackbart -- with the help of the ACLU -- then sued the police officer and the city for violation of his civil rights. The incident, he claimed in his lawsuit, caused him "physical pain and suffering, emotional trauma, humiliation and distress."

Drawing upon my own experience with the legal system (with its own brand of emotional trauma, humiliation and distress), I would have paid the $120, bought a Tootsie Pop with the change, and moved on. Call me passive, I prefer pragmatic.

1 comment:

Sir Saunders said...

That's the best "stickin' it to the man" story I've ever heard. I'm with Hackbart. FREE HACKBART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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