First Amendment inapplicable

Forbidden Phrases: Judge jails writer for contempt of court

Trummel, a former London journalist and college instructor, is semiretired; he considers himself a freelance writer and says he’s a bona fide reporter. Doerty says he’s not, because he isn’t paid for his newsletter/online work. Trummel argues that his often-vicious criticisms are protected by the First Amendment like those of any citizen, regardless of journalistic affiliation. Doerty has ruled that that defense is inapplicable.

(via HobbesOnline)


raindrops says:

Sooooo, what he’s saying is that Free Speech is only free if one gets paid for it?

I keep these guns around much more because of people like Herr Judge there than fear of being burglarized.