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    Re: Top scholar Gates arrested in Mass., claims racism

    Quote Originally Posted by Whip Comes Down View Post
    FEIGENBAUM, COMMONWEALTH vs., 404 Mass. 471



    This was one ****ty judgment. not the law.


    So I can legitimatley impede your proggress? Send me your address.
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    Re: Top scholar Gates arrested in Mass., claims racism

    Quote Originally Posted by Reverend_Hellh0und View Post
    This was one ****ty judgment. not the law.


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    Shine on, dude, shine on.

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    Re: Top scholar Gates arrested in Mass., claims racism

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    Shine on, dude, shine on.



    right. I accept your concession.
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    Re: Top scholar Gates arrested in Mass., claims racism

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    right. I accept your concession.
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    Re: Top scholar Gates arrested in Mass., claims racism

    Being angry and yelling at someone, even if that person is a police officer, is not sufficient cause to sustain a disorderly conduct charge. You are absolutely permitted to express yourself and your first amendment rights to free speech.

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    Re: Top scholar Gates arrested in Mass., claims racism

    The stilted language in the Gates police report is intended to mirror the courts' awkward phrasing, but the state could never make the charge stick. The law is aimed not at mere irascibility but rather at unruly behavior likely to set off wider unrest. Accordingly, the behavior must take place in public or on private property where people tend to gather. While the police allege that a crowd had formed outside Gates' property, it is rare to see a disorderly conduct conviction for behavior on the suspect's own front porch. In addition, political speech is excluded from the statute because of the First Amendment. Alleging racial bias, as Gates was doing, and protesting arrest both represent core political speech.

    --Carol Rose and Sarah Wunsch of the ACLU of Massachusetts
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    Re: Top scholar Gates arrested in Mass., claims racism

    Thanks, but you should warn people that they are going to add a "hit" to the huffington post website if they click the link. I feel soiled.
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