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DC judge rules that jumping the White House fence does not count as free speech

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Considering all of the things that are considered protected speech under the First Amendment, it’s a little surprising to learn that, no, you can’t jump the White House fence and claim free expression.

NBC 4’s Scott MacFarlane reports Thursday that a judge in Washington, D.C., ruled against a Connecticut man who jumped the White House fence on Thanksgiving Day 2015 while wearing an American flag over his shoulders.

Joseph Caputo argued that he entered the White House grounds with the “noble purpose” of “calling attention to various deficiencies in the Constitution.” He has been charged with a misdemeanor count of unlawfully entering restricted government grounds and faces a trial next month. – READ MORE

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