Torch readers will remember FIRE’s posts on Laura Curry, the University at Buffalo (UB) professor who was arrested last month after declaring that a pro-life display on campus was “profane” and asserting to a police officer her right to say the word “fuck” in public. As we noted, profanity has been long protected by the Supreme Court in cases like Cohen v. California and Houston v. Hill.
FIRE is glad to report that the charges of disorderly conduct have been dropped. As UB’s student newspaper The Spectrum reports, “Judge [Mark] Farrell ruled the First Amendment protected Curry’s self-expression at the rally.”
We hope UB police and administrators will remember the First Amendment in the future. Of course, we’ll be watching to make sure they do.