A judge ruled in favor of writing obscenities on your g*ddamn piece of sh!t speeding tickets.
Back in 2012, Willian Barboza received a speeding ticket while driving through Liberty, Connecticut. He was super pissed off, but he did the lawful thing and mailed in his payment. He also replaced the town's name with "TYRANNY" and added "FUCK YOUR SHITTY TOWN BITCHES" in a blank space on the ticket. He expressed the true sentiment of anyone who's ever received an out-of-town speeding ticket. Here's a close-up of the message:
Willian was surprised when Justice Brian P. Rourke informed him that his payment was rejected and he had to haul @ss back up to sh*tty Liberty, CT to appear in court. While in court, Willian was cuffed and thrown in county jail, because apparently his note was considered "aggravated harassment" by the assistant district attorney. He literally got arrested for six offensive, yet harmless, poorly handwritten words on a speeding ticket.
In 2013, another judge dismissed the charges, but Willian and the New York Civil Liberties Union saw a bigger problem, namely that his First Amendment rights had been violated. They filed a lawsuit against the ironically named town of Liberty. Yesterday, a judge ruled in favor of Willian Barboza. Here's his response to the court's decision:
Instead of protecting freedom of speech, government officers in Liberty handcuffed me, arrested me for a crime and almost sent me to jail because I harmlessly expressed my frustration with a speeding ticket. The people I trusted to uphold the law violated my most basic rights. I hope that by standing up for myself, other Americans will not be treated like criminals for complaining about their government with a few harmless words.
Go forth and write how you really feel on traffic tickets! As long as you aren't threatening violence at anyone or anything, obviously. I'll be writing a letter to the city of Philadelphia for the $300 parking ticket I received in 2001, when the sign was BEHIND A F*CKING TREE, TWO SPOTS AWAY.