January 28, 2009, - 11:08 am
By Debbie Schlussel
The trite old adage says that a grand jury will indict a ham sandwich. But not the bright, independent-minded critical thinkers in a Fayette County grand jury in Lexington, Kentucky.
They chose not to indict two college students who hung an effigy of Barack Obama from a tree on the University of Kentucky campus during the Presidential campaign. Memo to Fayette County prosecutors: this is what’s known as free speech, and it’s supposed to be protected by the First Amendment.
Prosecutors in this case were so zealous, they charged the two students with stealing the pants and shirt of the effigy from their own fraternity, despite the fact that frat members testified that this wasn’t the case.
I guess real crime must be down on and around the U-K campus and the rest of Fayette County because this was a huge waste of taxpayer dollars to silence critics of Barack Obama. However offensive you may find their expression of the criticism, there was nothing unlawful about it. Among the many piled-on charges they faced was disorderly conduct. There is nothing disorderly about expressing your disapproval of Barack Obama.
I’d bet these same politically correct prosecutors would never prosecute Muslims for hanging a President Bush effigy or burning the Israeli or American flags.
Congrats to these Kentucky grand jurors. They staved off the rush to restrict our speech to that which is politically correct and acceptable to the Obamasses. Their bravery is laudable.
Oh, and by the way, no-one prosecuted a man who hung an effigy of Sarah Palin on his front lawn in California.
And that’s how it should be.