One of the differences between Team Kimberlin and many of us he has sued is our support for the First Amendment. We support every American’s First Amendment rights, even those of the members of Team Kimberlin. Thus, when Roger Shuler was arrested for violation of an unconstitutional gag order, many of us went on record supporting his cause. I did in a post titled Locked Up for the Wrong Thing published five years ago today.
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Roger Shuler seems like a complete wacko, and it may be that he should be locked up somewhere. However, he’s now in the slammer for violating an unconstitutional court order. He may be where he needs to be but for the wrong reason.
First, unlike Aaron Walker who, when faced with a unconstitutional court order last year, obeyed that order until it was struck down, Shuler violated the order issued against him.
UPDATE—Stacy McCain provides some more perspective concerning Roger Shuler.
UPDATE 2—Aaron Walker has further analysis here.
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Free speech has to allow for stupid, irrational, crazy, provocative, and offense speech.