Public Vulgarity Is No Crime

Shouting an obscenity in public is not a crime, the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal has ruled. The decision came in the case of a St. John’s motorist who hollered a drive-by vulgarity at a TV reporter and was charged with disturbing the peace: “Business in a public place may be distracted for any number of reasons including someone shouting an obscenity.”

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