Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Oh, Brudder!

Woman Sues Over Ticket for Anti-Bush Bumper Sticker

ATLANTA (Oct. 17) - A woman who was ticketed for having an obscene anti-President Bush bumper sticker filed a lawsuit in federal court Monday against DeKalb County and its officials.

Denise Grier, 47, of Athens, Ga., got a $100 ticket in March after a DeKalb County police officer spotted the bumper sticker, which read "I'm Tired Of All The BUSH*T." (The actual bumper sticker didn't delete any letters.)

Although a DeKalb judge threw out the ticket in April because the state's lewd decal law that formed the basis for the ticket was ruled unconstitutional in 1990, Grier is seeking damages for "emotional distress" against the county, according to the lawsuit.

Grier also seeks a declaration in federal court that her bumper sticker is considered protected speech under the First Amendment because she is "uncertain and insecure regarding her right to display her bumper sticker in DeKalb County," the lawsuit said.

The lawsuit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia.
Now, first of all, why is the cop still at his job, when he issued a ticket against a law that's been off the books for six years?

Second, is a lawsuit really necessary here? I get that the ACLU is trying to take a stand in regards to personal freedom, but we're talking a goddamn bumper sticker, fercrissake!

Or maybe that's the point. Discuss.