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Flipping the Bird is Free Speech?

Who'd a thunk that the middle finger was protected speech? Ace of Spades is surprised as well. (Warning: Ace typically uses some pretty colorful language. Not in this post but most places)

Flipping "the Bird" is Constitutionally Protected Speech. So ruled U.S. District Judge David Circone on Monday (PDF), but this is apparently a fairly settled question.

Here, the plaintiff, David Hackbart, was parallel parking at a meter along a city street when another car approached from behind. That car's driver then pulled partially into the metered parking spot, thus preventing Hackbart from pulling into the spot. The other driver then refused to move, so Hackbart flipped him the middle finger.
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