Flipping the Bird

Protected speech?

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled on whether sticking the middle finger up at a police officer was punishable or protected free speech. Read the opinion and answer these questions:

  1. What were the basic facts of the case, the story?
  2. What government action is at question?
  3. What was this court’s reasoning?
  4. In what circumstances, do you suppose, might the same gesture still not be protected speech?