1966 December 25

“Four-Letter Oaths” Are Protected Free Expression, ACLU Argues


In a brief filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, it was reported on this day, the ACLU argued that a string of “four-letter oaths” hurled at a police officer who has just grabbed you may be “socially necessary.” The defendant in the case was prosecuted for disorderly conduct. “Free spontaneous expression,” the ACLU argued, is as vital to society as “laughter or crying.”

Learn more about freedom of expression: http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/category/speech

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