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.”
“No…”
[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.

::sigh::

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2 Comments »

  1. becca said,

    So what was he arrested for?

  2. Ian said,

    Disturbing the peace.


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