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D.C. Ct. App.: Words that incite a dog’s attack are not First-Amendment protected

May 05, 2011 D.C. Ct. App.: Words that incite a dog’s attack are not First-Amendment protected

Today, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals rejected a criminal defendant’s First Amendment claim that his allegedly assaultive actions against a police officer were mere words, because his words incited his dog to attack the police officer. Dickens v. U.S., ___ A.2d ___ (D.C., May 5, 2011).

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