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Monday, October 29, 2007

Free speech not allowed at [S]MSU Free Speech Zone.

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Blogger Tom said...

Gary Snavely, director of safety and transportation, cites "a famous Supreme Court case" but he can't actually name it. (It was actually Potter Stewart's concurring opinion in a case involving a movie, Potter Stewart later reversed himself and the case was completely irrelevant to this issue.)

On the other hand, I can name a relevant case - Cohen v. California - where the Supreme Court decided in the arrest of a person with "Fuck the Draft" written on his jacket: "absent a more particularized and compelling reason for its actions, the State may not, consistently with the First and Fourteenth Amendments, make the simple public display of this single four-letter expletive a criminal offense."

Interesting that neither the journalism professor nor the pre-law advisor knew of this actually famous and completely relevant case. They both should have known immediately that the campus and Springfield cops were out of line.

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