Bashing on BumperS
Woman Gets Ticket For Bush-Bashing Bumper Sticker
Decatur, GA -- The officer cited 47-year-old Denise Grier for her bumper sticker that takes a dig at President Bush. It combines Bush's name with a vulgar four-letter word, as in "I'm Tired of All The (blank)."
The officer cited the registered nurse at Emory University Hospital for violating a state law prohibiting lewd or profane stickers and decals on vehicles.
Grier, the officer and an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union will meet in court next month when Grier contests the misdemeanor charge which carries a $100 fine.
Grier told the Athens Banner-Herald yesterday that she's not "a huge political activist or rabble-rouser." But she says, "I am so appalled at the officer's attempt to squash my freedom of speech.
The ACLU says the Georgia Supreme Court ruled more than a decade ago that the law against lewd bumper stickers is unconstiutional.
In addition to the offending bumper sticker, Grier's white Chrysler's rear window sports two other political statements: A crossed-out "W" and "Hillary 2008."
Obscene” speech, “fighting words,” “clear and present danger” speech, defaming and libelous speech “can, consistent with the First Amendment, be regulated because of their constitutionally proscribable content....” R.A.V. v. City of St. Paul, Minn., 505 U.S. 381, 383(112 SC 2538, 2543, 120 LE2d 305) (1992).
In Cunningham v. State, supra, 260 Ga. at 831, we observed that “lewd is much broader than obscene ... meaning, among other things, vulgar, base, evil, wicked,poor, worthless.(1989).2OCGA
People who feel the need to "express" themselves via lewd and crude bumper stickers..ah yes...
vulgar, base, evil, wicked,worthless...
And to boot-A Hillary fan..Well, that explains it, now doesn't it.