Apr 24

Minnesota man gets hearing on First Amendment

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Minnesota man gets hearing on First Amendment

USA Today – 2010-04-24

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man who admits posting several anti-Muslim cartoons in St. Cloud will get a chance to dispute civil charges against him. A hearing for [Client] of Waite Park has been set for June 1.

The drawings included sexually explicit depictions of bestiality and sodomy, along with derogatory images of the prophet Muhammad.

[Client] says he posted the drawings to educate others about Islam. He argues that his actions represent protected speech.

His attorney, Ryan Garry, said Friday the city attorney’s office should be prosecuting people for crimes, not opinions.

[Client] and the city will argue their case before an administrative hearing officer.