Dawn Herb, the woman hauled into court for
swearing at her toilet,
had her charges thrown out and will not have to do any time or part with any money.
District Judge Terrence Gallagher earlier this week dismissed the charge on the grounds that while Herb’s language “may be considered by some to be offensive, vulgar and imprudent”, it is “protected speech pursuant to the First Amendment”.
Barry Dyller, who represented Herb on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union, praised the judge’s good sense and insisted that past rulings have established that “colorful language” isn’t illegal. He said: “He’s exactly right … in his reasoning. And it’s important that the public understands this.”
For once, sanity prevails!