fighting words

Courts frown on teens’ use of fighting words

Recent court decisions in Arizona and North Dakota demonstrate that kids can face criminal charges and convictions when they utter “fighting words.” Appellate courts in both states affirmed juvenile court
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Curse tree-trimmers at your own risk

Cursing at tree-trimmers and cops in Arkansas can land you a disorderly conduct conviction and a $100 fine. A state appeals court recently affirmed the conviction of a woman whose
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Curses! Blasphemy, profanity laws still on the books

Can you say that in public? Watch your language out there, because profanity and blasphemy could lead to criminal charges. We might hope that First Amendment-protected free speech lets us
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Curses aimed at cops not ‘fighting words,’ rules state appeals court

A Lynchburg, Va., man who cursed at several police officers shouldn’t have been convicted for breach of the peace because his speech didn’t amount to fighting words, a state appeals
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Ohio appeals court says sexual solicitations weren’t fighting words

An Ohio state appeals court recently reversed the conviction of man who solicited sex from a male law enforcement officer because the state failed to prove the solicitations amounted to
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