Court's Swearing Decision Goes In Favor Of N.Y. Man

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Police arrested Trevis D. Baker for swearing but New York's highest court threw out the charges. Because the arrest was invalid, the court disallowed a search police conducted after the arrest. Baker walks away with freedom of speech, and no charges for possessing 25 bags of crack.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep, with a story of the power of words. Trevis D. Baker swore at a cop in Rochester. Police arrested him, but New York State's highest court threw out the charges. He has a First Amendment right to swear, so long as it's not a challenge to fight. Because the arrest was invalid, the court disallowed a search police conducted afterward.

So Mr. Baker walks away with freedom of speech, and also free of charges that he possessed 25 bags of crack cocaine. It's MORNING EDITION.

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