69 million page views

The First Amendment - not just for Muslims

Reader comment on item: Radical Islam's Hypocrisy

Submitted by Gloria Stewaart (United States), Jan 26, 2005 at 15:28

Before we start celebrating Dale Ehrgott's relatively light sentence, let us look at the implications. Mr. Ehrgott was entirely within his first amendment rights in his actions. He should never been indicted, must less put on trial. When the trial ended in a hung jury - actually the jury should have rendered a verdict of not guilty and offered to send the government attorneys a copy of the Bill of Rights - Mr. Ehrgott should not have accepted a lighter sentence. He should have asked for a dismissal of charges or a new trial . There is no shortage of public interest law firms that would have acted on his behalf pro bono.

Do you want the following precedent: The government, acting out of a political agenda, indicts a person for what is protected speech? No one wants a trial and its fiscal and psychological costs. The person may plea bargain to community service and a small fine. The next person with knowledge of the precedent, may forgo his free speech. After a while, kiss the first amendment goodbye.

Gloria M. Stewart
Submitting....

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Comment on this item

Mark my comment as a response to The First Amendment - not just for Muslims by Gloria Stewaart

Email me if someone replies to my comment

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

See recent outstanding comments.

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2022 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum.Daniel J. Pipes

(The MEF is a publicly supported, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax-ID 23-774-9796, approved Apr. 27, 1998.

For more information, view our IRS letter of determination.)