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Published:July 25th, 2011 13:36 EST

Ohio Judge Rules Barking And Hissing Not Protected Speech

By Robert Paul Reyes

"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.


Stephens was petitioning for the dismissal of a charge that he had abused a police dog, claiming the law violates free speech and is too vague."


My dogs, my cat and I disagree, hissing and barking are protected by the First Amendment.

A gentleman who wants to express contempt toward a police officer and his canine companion has every right to hiss and bark to his heart`s content.

However I wouldn`t recommend that anyone bark at a police dog, a canine isn`t familiar with the nuances of the Constitution but he recognizes a jerk when he sees or hears one.

I love dogs and I hate morons, I hope the judge throws the book at the barking oxygen thief.

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