Boulder appeals ruling on fighting words ordinance | SummitDaily.com
YOUR AD HERE »

Boulder appeals ruling on fighting words ordinance

Boulder appeals ruling on fighting words ordinance

BOULDER — The city of Boulder is appealing a judge’s decision to strike down an ordinance that banned the use of language that can provoke a disorderly response.

The City Attorney’s Office argues a retired county court judge who was sitting in for a municipal judge “erroneously construed the law” when he determined last month it violated the First Amendment. City spokesman Patrick von Keyserling declined to comment.

The so-called “fighting words” law bars people from insulting, taunting or challenging another person if it would likely provoke a disorderly response. Attorney Kevin Cheney argued the law was unconstitutional because it did not require that a person intend to cause the response.

He tells The Daily Camera he’s confident the ruling will be upheld.


Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

As a Summit Daily News reader, you make our work possible.

Now more than ever, your financial support is critical to help us keep our communities informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having on our residents and businesses. Every contribution, no matter the size, will make a difference.

Your donation will be used exclusively to support quality, local journalism.

For tax deductible donations, click here.
 

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User