Man With 4th Amendment Written on Chest Wins Trial Over Airport Arrest
A Virginia man who wrote an abbreviated version of the Fourth Amendment on his body and stripped to his shorts at an airport security screening area won a trial Friday in his lawsuit seeking $250,000 in damages for being detained on a disorderly conduct charge.
Aaron Tobey claimed in a civil rights lawsuit(.pdf) that in 2010 he was handcuffed and held for about 90 minutes by the Transportation Security Administration at the Richmond International Airport after he began removing his clothing to display on his chest a magic-marker protest of airport security measures.
“Amendment 4: The right of the people to be secure against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated,” his chest and gut read.
In sending the case to trial, unless there’s a settlement, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 and reversed a lower court judge and invoked Benjamin Franklin in the process. According to the opinion by Judge Roger Gregory:
Here, Mr. Tobey engaged in a silent, peaceful protest using the text of our Constitution—he was well within the ambit of First Amendment protections. And while it is tempting to hold that First Amendment rights should acquiesce to national security in this instance, our Forefather Benjamin Franklin warned against such a temptation by opining that those ‘who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.’ We take heed of his warning and are therefore unwilling to relinquish our First Amendment protections—even in an airport.
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Posted on January 27, 2013, in 1st Amendment, 4th Amendment, Big Brother, Civil Rights, Government Thuggery, Police State, Tyranny, U.S. Constitution and tagged Benjamin Franklin, First Amendment to the United States Constitution, Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution, Richmond International Airport, Roger Gregory, Threat Level, Transportation Security Administration, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Virginia, Wired.com. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.