Tuesday, February 6, 2007

First and Fourth Amendment Issue

In 2002 Thomas Leonard cursed while addressing a township meeting. The township officer arrested Mr. Leonard for the use of profanity. A lower court held that the officer was justified in arresting Mr. Leonard. However, the 6th US Circut Court of Appeals reversed the lower courts decision saying that the officers actions were not justified because Mr. Leonard did not pose a threat. Later on, Mr. Leonard sued claiming that his First and Fourth Amendment Rights were violated. However, the US. District Court held that the officer did have probable cause; so the charges were dropped. Mr. Leonard's attorney is working on an appeal to the Supreme Court.


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