United States v. Bonin

Drunk U.S. Marshal in Chicago takes phone call at the movies, threatens other patrons when they heckle him. Moviegoers then complain to the Marshal Service—and it turns out the guy isn’t a marshal at all. The last time he (allegedly) did this—when he used emergency lights to run a red light, then lied to the cops who pulled him over—the Marshals told him to quit it. So this time he’s promptly convicted of impersonating a federal officer. Seventh Circuit: No First Amendment problem there. You can’t falsely shout marshal in a crowded theater. [There’s more at Popehat.]

Tags: 2019, First Amendment, Free Speech, Seventh Circuit

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