2002 : Cussing Declared Legal in Michigan

July 5, 2024 all-day

One August day in 1998, Timothy Boomer of Roseville fell out of his canoe on the Rifle River and was issued a ticket for cussing in the presence of women and children, his wife and children.   So could a sheriff deputy from a quarter mile away. On July 5, 2002 the Michigan Court of Appeals agreed that cussing was protected speech by the 1st Amendment and overturned the charge.  In the appellate court’s opinion, Judge William B. Murphy wrote: “Allowing a prosecution where one utters ‘insulting language’ could possibly subject a vast percentage of the populace to a misdemeanor conviction.”

Source : Michigan Every Day

Leave a Reply