Friday, December 12, 2008

In Minnesota, toilet toe-tapping trashed

Leonard Link discusses a ruling by the Minnesota Court of Appeals, rejected Sen. Larry Craig's bid to overturn his conviction for disorderly conduct in the form of lurid toe-tapping. As an initial matter, the court held that Craig could not take back his guilty plea. Moreover, the court rejected free speech arguments by Craig and the ACLU. The court held that the disorderly conduct law was not overbroad on its face, and that "even if appellant’s foot-tapping and the movement of his foot towards the undercover officer’s stall are considered ‘speech,’ they would be intrusive speech directed at a captive audience, and the government may prohibit them." Craig intends to appeal to the state's high court.

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