Despite an agreement by Pennsylvania State Police to stop citing people for merely cursing as part of a settlement in a federal free-speech lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, local police and district judges said tickets will still be issued in some cursing cases.
“If you’re complaining about getting a parking ticket and five preschoolers are walking down the street and you let (the curses) fly, you’re being disruptive and will be cited,” said trooper Matthew Burrows of the state police at Milton.
The ACLU filed the lawsuit after several people were cited by state police for cursing, including a woman who swore at an overflowing toilet and a pizza delivery driver for cursing at an officer over a parking ticket.
ACLU lawyer Mary Catherine Roper says state troopers issued more than 700 disorderly conduct citations for cursing in a recent one-year span, and local police hundreds more.
The penalty carries a possible 90-day jail term and $300 fine.
Answer by Dalimonster at 1:12 PM on Jan. 5, 2011
Answer by 405mom at 1:15 PM on Jan. 5, 2011
When we lived In Virginia Beach you could be fined/arrested/charged.. They have (had) a no bad behavior law when we lived there in 2004. Not sure if it is still a law.
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 1:16 PM on Jan. 5, 2011
Answer by kerp1960 at 1:26 PM on Jan. 5, 2011
I always thought that a person could be arrested for using profanity in public; I have no problem with this. Some folks have no regard for children and that bothers me. It shouldn't be acceptable or politically correct for people to curse in public. We all know how to whisper whatever explicative we choose to use, lol...
Answer by agentwanda at 1:43 PM on Jan. 5, 2011
Free Speech doesn't protect curse words?
It should. It should also protect words in classic books.
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 1:50 PM on Jan. 5, 2011
Answer by Farmlady09 at 2:04 PM on Jan. 5, 2011
Answer by Jambo4 at 2:14 PM on Jan. 5, 2011
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