MASON, Ohio, July 24 (UPI) -- A judge has ruled that barking and hissing are not protected by the First Amendment.
Mason, Ohio, Judge Andrew Batsche ruled Friday that when Ryan Stephens barked and hissed at a police dog in April, he was not protected by a constitutional right, The Cincinnati Inquirer reported.
Yes, but what about barking in a crowded theater? The best part of this story is how the man actually had the nerve to blame the dog...
"Even if there was a communicative value to the defendant's barking and hissing, it is clear that this ordinance is directed toward prohibited conduct and impairment of a First Amendment right is incidental," Batsche wrote.
Stephens claimed "the dog started it," police reports said.
I disagree with the judge's ruling and I'd like to submit this scene as evidence...