Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Being drunk and annoying isn't a crime, says court.

Indiana’s public-intoxication law makes a criminal of someone who, while drunk in a public place, “harasses, annoys, or alarms another person.”

Or at least it did.

Rodregus Morgan, who was arrested in 2012 for public intoxication and disorderly conduct, challenged the law in court as too vague.

Article here. 

Mr. Morgan argued both in trial court and in the Indiana Court of Appeals that the state legislature couldn’t have possibly intended to allow police officers to make an arrest for any behavior they find annoying. (Imagine the possibilities.)

On Thursday, the Indiana Court of Appeals sided with Mr. Morgan. 

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