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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Mocking the First Amendment in Ohio

The founding fathers of the United States of America clearly and unequivocally intended that there be at least some situations in everyday life where the force of the law and the government may simply not go.
That’s why they added the Bill of Rights to the Constitution, including the First Amendment which guarantees the right of free expression as number one on the list. Government may not punish a person’s expression of thoughts, i.e. expressive speech, even if that speech is mean spirited, unkind, unpopular or cruel.
Mockery – the right to mock and revile others -- has traditionally been part of the right to freedom of speech and expression in America. In point of fact, any law which would presume to punish mockery would per force become a mockery of the Constitution and the First Amendment.
But don’t try to explain that fundamental principle to the legal authorities in Canton Ohio.  
They just finished sentencing a man to 30 days in jail for the manufactured “crime” of mockery.
Now, please don’t get me wrong, I’m not defending this idiot. I’m simply defending his constitutional right to express himself as an idiot.
He and his 9-year-old son were filmed in front of a school bus imitating the limping gait of a 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy. The two reportedly made a habit of imitating the girl’s limp at the school bus stop in full view of she and her classmates.
Yes, they were cruelly mocking her.
Apparently there is some sort of ongoing feud between the two families involving their children. The disabled girl’s family members it seems were in the habit of calling the man’s 9-year-old son, who suffers from seizures and ADHD, a ‘retard.’
Their response was to mock the little girl’s disability, humiliating her and causing her to cry. "They just kept calling my little boy (names) and I reacted badly. You have to defend your son, your children." said the man.
The little girl’s grandmother filmed the incident and then called the police.
The man, William Bailey, 43, pleaded no contest to reduced misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and aggravated menacing at a municipal court in Canton, Ohio. The judge gave the man the maximum sentence for his “crime.” His son won’t face any charges because of his young age and because prosecutors thought he was acting under the influence of his father.
Am I missing something here? Imitating someone’s limp is disorderly conduct? Mockery of this sort is aggravated menacing? If that is so, surely the cast and crew of Saturday Night Live are going to have to turn themselves in.
And we’re talking about reduced charges here. What were the original charges? I’m still racking my brain. This deserves the maximum sentence? What planet do this prosecutor and judge live on? Have they ever even heard of the First Amendment? Is Canton Ohio located within the United States of America?
What attorney would allow his client to plead guilty to disorderly conduct and aggravated menacing for imitating someone’s limp? What prosecutor would have the nerve to bring these charges? What judge in his right mind would throw a man in jail over this?
Limping is not a crime. Imitating a limp is not a crime. This guy was not thrown in jail for limping. He was jailed for his thoughts! He was convicted for expressing his mind! He was persecuted for exercising his rights of free speech!
As despicable as the man’s speech was, and I agree it was loathsome, it was the prosecutor and the judge who committed the crime here.
They’re guilty of mocking the First Amendment in Ohio.


  1. Why didn't the people of Canton send the sheriff to arrest the judge, prosecutor and defense attorney for (conspiring to deprive rights under color of law) violating the rights of this man? Clearly, that is what they did.

    I think it i sbecause they believe, as they have been conditioned to believe - that they are the equivalent of serfs and that 'law' is whatever their bosses say it is.
    Whenever their masters tell them to bend over, no further instruction is necessary, and guns need not be drawn because they are compliant to to no end.
    How can you expect them to behave? They believe it, even if they are araid to talk about it.

    This reminds me of the strange ability of people to believe they are exercising (and retaining) liberty because they are allowed to voice discontent - as long as they remain incapable of actually acting on teir beliefs.
    Merry Christmas, thanks for writing about this.

  2. Actually you should only arrest the cops. The judge and prosecutor and defensse attorney only exercised their free speech.
    Cops should not be getting off for stuff like this.

    It does not matter if they did not know that you were not allowed to arrest someone for this. They still knew that they were arresting someone for expressive behavior.

    Saying that someone should not be prosecuted because he did not know he was not allowed to do something evil is like saying that he should not bee prosecuted because he did not know he wouldnt get away with it.