CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

From Florida’s Lake City Reporter:

A Lake City man was arrested Sunday afternoon for a window sticker that a deputy alleged violates a state obscenity law. Dillon Shane Webb, 23, of Southeast Dan Court, faces charges of possession of obscene material, a first-degree misdemeanor, and resisting arrest, also a first-degree misdemeanor, after he refused to remove a sticker on his rear window that said, “I EAT ASS” – according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office report.

The deputy asked Webb how “a parent of a small child would explain the meaning of the words,” to which Webb replied that it would be “up to the parent,” the report states. After issuing the notice to appear, the deputy asked Dillon to remove one of the letters from the word “ass” so the statement would “no longer be derogatory.” Webb refused, citing his First Amendment right, according to the report. The deputy detained Webb and placed him into a patrol car.

The New York Daily News reports:

The 23-year-old insisted he doesn’t engage in the particular act purported on the decal, but said he is willing to face jail time to protect those who choose to say they do. “I’ve got to fight for free speech,” Webb continued. “It needs to be kept alive for a reason.”

He was booked at Columbia County Detention Facility and released about an hour later when his mom posted his $2,500 bond, he said.

“She supports her son like any other mother would,” Webb said. The self-described First Amendment crusader said he plans to drive to his next court appearance May 21 with the decal intact. “I’d be a fool not to,” Webb said.