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Gazette Premium Content Boulder appeals ruling on fighting words ordinance

Associated Press - Published: April 11, 2014

BOULDER — Boulder Assistant City Attorney Mike Whitney says a judge overstepped the authority of the municipal court in his ruling striking down an ordinance that banned the use of language that can provoke a disorderly response.

According to the Boulder Daily Camera (http://tinyurl.com/myae4mj ), the city said Thursday the law does not violate the First Amendment.

The so-called "fighting words" law bars people from insulting, taunting or challenging another person if it would likely provoke a disorderly response.

In June, Judge Thomas Reed dismissed a fighting words ticket against Boulder resident Camille Lafont after her attorney filed a motion challenging the constitutionality of the city's ordinance.

Attorney Kevin Cheney has argued the law is unconstitutional because it does not require that a person intended to cause the response.

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Information from: Daily Camera, http://www.dailycamera.com/

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