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  •  Only Scott knows what his intent was... (1+ / 0-)
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    He was subdued while he was in the lobby. As far as anything anyone should have assumed is that Scott liked the terms "Occupy" and "Everything," and decided to put them together on his jacket in order to express himself that day.

    "That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history." ~ Aldous Huxley

    by markthshark on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 08:49:09 AM PST

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    •  That's not the question. (4+ / 0-)

      What this person "intended" is completely irrelevant.

      The law bans displays that are associated with movements.  If someone else would interpret that as being associated with the Occupy movement -- as clearly most people would have, in January 2012 -- it doesn't matter one iota what the wearer "intended." That's why they don't arrest you for wearing something that they see as conveying a message -- because you may not have intended it that way.  Instead, they come up to you quietly (they don't make a scene unless you "repeatedly" refuse) and tell you that you can't wear that shirt in the SCOTUS building, and ask you to cover it up or put it on inside out, or leave.  Like I said above, it's happened with people I was traveling with, who had not thought about the fact that what they were wearing would be considered "banned," but who complied with the SCOTUS police request.  

      That's what they did with this person -- "repeatedly."  It was because he repeatedly refused that he was arrested.  

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