Apr 11, 2014 10:20 AM by David Randall

Boulder appeals ruling on fighting words ordinance

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - 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, 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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