Stupid Flunkie Never Read Cohen v. California

On April 26, 1968, Paul Cohen walked into the Los Angeles County Courthouse wearing a jacket emblazoned with the words “Fuck the Draft.” He was arrested, Mel Nimmer took his case all the way to the Supreme Court, where the decision was reversed as Cohen’s jacket constituted First Amendment protected expression. See Cohen v. California, 403 U.S. 15 (1971) (“one man’s vulgarity is another’s lyric”).

In 2008, Lapriss Gilbert was ejected from the Social Security office in Los Angeles for wearing a t-shirt that said “lesbian.com”. Apparently the flunkie dipshit who worked for Paragon Security Company has never read that particular Supreme Court decision. He “cited the document, The Rules and Regulations Governing Conduct on Federal Property, as proof of his jurisdiction over Gilbert’s attire” (source) and told her to leave the building or she would be subject to arrest.

Here is where the story gets truly amazing. The Brown Shirts Department of Homeland Security ADMITTED THAT IT WAS WRONG!

Lori Haley, a federal spokeswoman for the office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement – which is under the Homeland Security umbrella – said the guard was out of line.

“We believe that the actions of the contract security guard were inappropriate and unacceptable – we have notified his company, Paragon, of our position in the matter,” Haley said.

Incredible. Perhaps the times they are a’changin’ as the dipshit-in-chief prepares to step down. I have never, since the Department of fucking America in the ass and capitulating to the terrorists Homeland Security was created, heard anyone from that agency admit they were wrong. Lori Haley will probably be fired for breaking ranks, but I’ll still think highly of her.

Post Hat Tip: Popehat

2 Responses to Stupid Flunkie Never Read Cohen v. California

  1. Patrick says:

    Most though by not not all cops at least try to, and are required to learn a little law. The federal contractors who control access to these buildings amaze me.

    The day after my net-to-last birthday, I walked into the federal courthouse in Winston-Salem North Carolina. After handing in my driver’s license, the weirdo at the front complained that it was expired by one day, and said I might be denied access.

    “Yeah, I know. But Judge _______ wants to see me, I’d to call his secretary and explain that I’m standing on the sidewalk and that they won’t let me in because I work so hard I forgot that yesterday was my birthday. Here’s my bar card. It never expires.”

    “Happy birthday!”

    But the Lapriss Gilberts of the world don’t get that treatment.

  2. […] Professor Randazza suggests that ifeating away a jacket that says “Fuck the Draft” wasfound to beprotectedspeechby the Supremes in 1971, the Department of HomelandSecurity should have known that thet-shirt slogan “lesbian.com” was A-OK. […]

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