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Good news for Americans - making faces at police dogs appears to be constitutionally protected free speech

Or so a report in the New York Post would suggest:

"A prosecutor has dropped charges against a woman who was arrested for staring at and making faces at a police dog.

"Prosecuting a woman for `staring' at a police dog is absurd," said her lawyer. "People are allowed to make faces at police dogs and officers to express their disapproval. It's constitutional expression".

Drink would appear to have been taken when Jayna Hutchinson was nabbed by Vermont state troopers (
that she was from New Hampshire may well be relevant too - state motto: 'Live free or die'...): "After a heated exchange, she approached [the trooper's car] where his dog Max was waiting, putting her face within inches of the window and "staring at him in a taunting/harassing manner".
On Tuesday, two days before Hutchinson was to go to trial, Orange County State's Attorney Will Porter decided to drop the charges, after viewing a videotape of the incident over the weekend.

"I think it was going to be difficult to prove her conduct changed the dog's behavior," Porter said. "Most of the time (in harassment cases) people would come tell the court what it felt like. Dogs can't do that."

Wonder if it is protected free speech to question the sexuality of police horses in the Land of the Free?

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Anonymous Paris Hilton said... 4:41 pm

Justice has prevaled!

Can't wate til Sunday to see how Sarkosi get on.  

Anonymous verity said... 5:54 pm

Did Jimmy Choo have a shoe collection since I was banged up three days ago? I feel so out of touch!  

Anonymous Paris said... 5:56 pm

Damn! I meant to sign my real name above - Paris Hilton!  

Anonymous flashgordonnz said... 1:39 am

Unbelievable. There are too many prickly knuckleheads in police forces these days. If I were to state out loud that “that logo” was gay (bearing in mind it is is pink), would I be arrested and charged with disorderly conduct? Would gays be offended by my comment, or should I be offended by an allegedly gay logo? It’s crazy really. I’m a New Zealander and I find sheep shagging jokes amusing. I’m sure gays could find references to this-or-that design being “a bit gay”, amusing.

“Thought pigs!”
“Thought Filth!”

(With apologies to real police persons.)  

Anonymous Paris "I don't fele well" H. said... 9:49 am

Kia ora!

I've just reported you to the Ao Tea Roa police.

Incidently there was a docu on Maori gangs on Sky 1 UK the other nite. What a f-g shower, with their faces covered in tatus and havin there "English" be subtitled cos they're so f-d up by drugs.

They shud be in prizon, not me.  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 3:08 pm

Far too much corruption, it stinks!  

Anonymous flashgordon-EX-nz said... 7:25 pm

Oh Paris, you little b*****! Now I'll have to flee! I'll just find a nice country with a govt that respects thought and freedom, but still manages to protect its citizens. From itself as much as all the "threats" out there. Like CO2 and africanised bees, Y3K (prepare now or face disaster). Plus, it must have a defence force, not a war machine. Plus won't crash tackle me to the ground if I jaywalk. Plus it must think of Social Welfare as a safety net and not as a means to Robin Hood me. Plus, won't prosecute me when, as a gun shop owner faced by a machete wielding drug addicted robber cornering me and one of my customers, I pick up on of my items of stock and shoot to injure.

Shit! Help me out here people: what country has a government that meets the above criteria?

Or should I just stay put and wait for the backlash against socialism, political correctness and the Nanny State?  

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