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    Federal conviction upheld for displaying a "No War for Oil" sign near a Bush visit.

    During the Bush administration, Bursey said, the Secret Service has tailored restricted areas to keep protesters away from television cameras during presidential visits. Ordinary Americans have to fight that and other erosions of freedom, he said.

    "If I have to go to jail to keep the basic rights Madison and Jefferson and people far braver than I set for this country, then send me," Bursey said before the judge's ruling.

    Bursey had faced up to six months in prison and a $5,000 fine. He was charged under a federal statute in March — five months after he was arrested for trespassing during President Bush's visit. The trespassing charge was later dropped.

    This is a Test of the Emergency Free Speech System. This is only a Test. In an actual Free Speech Emergency, I'll be locked up.

    by ben masel on Tue Feb 24, 2009 at 12:50:09 PM PST

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