Arresting a Person for Profanity Often Violates the First Amendment

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A three-judge panel affirmed in its decision that the key to the case is individuals often have a First Amendment right to utter profanity — even directed at police officers.
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40 years ago, a ruling that still rings today

On June 7, 1971, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision that has reverberated in free-speech law for 40 years.
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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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Federal judge: State can prohibit profanity on public highways

A North Carolina law prohibiting “profane” or “indecent” language on public highways does not violate the First Amendment, a federal judge ruled recently in the case of an intoxicated individual who yelled at police officers.
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