February 16, 2004

The Importance of Being Thorough

Posted in General at 12:38 pm by Ian

In Con Law class today, we’re discussing Cohen v. California, the landmark case that established one of my most dearly held Constitutional rights: the right to wear offensive T-shirts. Cohen wore a jacket bearing the slogan “Fuck the Draft” into a courthouse (but not into the courtroom) and was arrested.

Professor Flynn asks about the case, and I raised my hand.

“Mr. Ferrel?”
I told the above.
“And what was he arrested for?”
“Contempt of court.”
[confused] “But it says here: ‘The bailiff asked the judge to issue a citation of contempt of court…”
[continuing] “But the judge refused. Oh. Nevermind.”

This is why it’s important to read the whole sentence.




  1. becca said,

    So what was he arrested for?

  2. Ian said,

    Disturbing the peace.

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