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The #@*&! Problem

arpiem Wrote: Jun 18, 2012 12:59 PM
Sadly, we had no need to pass laws such as these during the 50s, because people generally respected each other more. Such is no longer the case, and liberals, communists, and porn marketers are largely responsible.

BY A VOTE of 183-50, town meeting members in Middleborough, Mass., last week approved a bylaw making public cursing a civil offense and authorizing police to enforce the ban by fining offenders $20.

Town Hall may find it hard to collect on those fines. Assuming Cohen v. California is still good law, the First Amendment's protection of free speech extends to using four-letter words in public, and as soon as the new ordinance is challenged it will almost certainly be struck down. Legally, town authorities don't have a leg to stand on. But their concern with enforcing public standards...

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