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Virginia high court to weigh legality of displaying a noose

The Virginia Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments this week over whether a man broke the law when he hung a black-faced dummy in his front yard.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that lawyers for Jack Eugene Turner of Rocky Mount will argue before the court Wednesday.

Turner was convicted in 2015 of violating a state law that prohibits hanging a noose to intimidate. Turner is white. He was upset at some black neighbors.

Turner got six months in jail. He argues his free speech rights were violated and that state law only bars displays of nooses on public land, not private property.

The state’s attorneys disagree, arguing the noose was meant to intimidate and had instilled fear in his neighbors.

The Virginia Court of Appeals upheld Turner’s conviction in 2016.


Hmmm. This sounds important.

This isn’t about burning a flag (which offends everyone but doesn’t single out a soul).  It’s about a hate crime and it should be punished as one. 

Let’s hope the current climate—where we see the President of the United States try to rationalize this sort of nonsense—hasn’t infected the Virginia Supreme Court.

While I disagree with his actions, I have to agree with his point.  I personally find burning the Flag offensive, but I support an individual’s right to burn it as a form of expression.  To me the right to free speech is our most important right and should be protected at all cost.

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