Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Rhymes with Truck

Wow. This is not a man we'd like to hang out with, although he's making good use of his First Amendment rights.

Cops drop charge in truck profanity
Tuesday, January 27, 2009 7:03 AM EST

PITTSTON — Police withdrew charges against a Luzerne County man who was cited for having an obscene word on his truck.

Joseph Decker of Hughestown can keep a sign, which reads “If you’re in America and can’t speak English, get the (expletive) out,” on his truck because he altered the four-letter expletive by replacing the middle letters with symbols.

On Nov. 11, Hughestown police filed a disorderly conduct charge against Mr. Decker for displaying a profane word on his vehicle.

At Monday’s summary trial before Magisterial District Judge Fred Pierantoni III, Police Chief Stephen Golya agreed to withdraw the charge.

1 comment:

  1. I do have to wonder about this, with respect to First-Amendment rights. It says that he got away with it because the wordy dird was bowdlerized, implying that had it been spelled out properly it would have been illegal.

    How can that be constitutional? Seriously.