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Friday, November 4, 2005

9th Circuit: Law Prohibiting False Statements Against Officers, Overturned

From MSNBC.com: San Francisco, CA (AP): The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in California has nullified a California criminal law enacted after Rodney King's 1991 beating.  The law prohibited citizens from knowingly lodging false accusations against police officers, an offense punishable by up to six months in jail.  The 9th Circuit held that the law unconstitutionally limited free speech, because the law did not prohibit false statements supporting officers, but rather, only the negative false statements.  The law was enacted in 1995 in reaction to a surge in complaints against officers following King's 1991 taped beating. Story... [Mark Godsey]

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