, better known as The Lone Protester, was found not guilty in court today. The charges against Funderburk were that he uttered profanity while protesting a homeowner who chose to hire low bidding illegal aliens instead of him for a job.
Here is a letter passed to me from Robin of the Minuteman Project from Terry upon exiting court.
Robin, This is Terry Funderburk, (aka the Lone Protester) I just got out of court and wanted to let you and Raymond know how it turned out. They found me not guilty, believe it or not. I got on that stand and admitted to the jury that I called that homeowner a cheap bastard and then proceeded to tell them exactly why. And they (the jury of his peers) believed me. Tonight, for the first time in 8 months I will go to bed with a smile on my face.
Thank you and Raymond, from the bottom of my heart because it is patriots like yourselves that made me want to take a stand. And I have been vindicated. I love all of you and if you ever need my assistance please do not hesitate to let me know, Thanks again, Terry
That's right. Arrested for calling someone a cheap bastard while protesting. That is what this country has come to. This was the sixth trial date set for Terry and the court system should be ashamed. It was postponed time and time again making Terry have to relive this ridiculous travesty of justice over and over.
As for the local law enforcement involved in this incident - they are some CHEAP BASTARDS CHEAP BASTARDS CHEAP BASTARDS CHEAP BASTARDS CHEAP BASTARDS - for censoring Terry Funderburk's free speech rights and I hope they are sued to high heaven for violating his civil rights.
For some back story on the whole incident see a letter from Terry Funderburk and Terry Funderburk over at the Freedom Folks.
Eight months, six attempts at selecting a jury to convict an American citizen for calling that weasel a "cheap bastard".
Isn't that one conscientious DA??
THINK, folks, why would that police department and the DA's office invest EIGHTS MONTHS' work and SIX TRIALS to pick a jury to convict an American for the words "cheap bastard"????
What interest, and whose interest were they serving??
And how much longer will these BASTARDS still be in office???
Posted by: Stephen on February 21, 2008 12:49 PM
Given the language Courts have found protected by the First Amendment this case should never have been brought. "Bastard" is such an accepted term of disapproval that it is protected by the First Amendment. And no one disputes that the term "cheap" is protected. Indeed many a lawyer's office has a small figure of a classic English barrister encaptioned, "Sue the bastards". Perhaps the defendant should consult a lawyer about following this advice.
Posted by: William Garland on March 19, 2008 09:35 AM