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No More Tickets for Cursing

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Posted: Jan 4, 2011 7:32 PM by Michael Marsh
Updated: Jan 4, 2011 7:32 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: cursing, swear words, Pennsylvania, State Police, tickets, federal lawsuit settlement

State Police in Pennsylvania have agreed to stop writing tickets to people who curse as part of a settlement in a federal free-speech lawsuit. The ACLU represents people in Pennsylvania who got tickets for mere cursing at an overflowing toilet, a swearing motorcyclist and a parking ticket issuer. The speech is considered legal as long as its nonthreatening. The citations can lead to hundreds of dollars in fines and legal costs. State troopers issued more than 700 disorderly conduct citations for cursing in a one-year span and local police issued hundreds more.

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