By William R. Toler
A Texas activist was found guilty Wednesday night for cussing at a cop.
Antonio Buehler, co-founder of the Peaceful Streets Project (and West Point graduate), fought a disorderly conduct charge and lost…netting a whopping $1 fine plus $64 in court costs.
Buehler sarcastically referred to the trial as a “Good use of resources, government.”
The charge stems from an incident in March. Buehler was at the trial of a friend in Gonzales, Texas when he and a few friends were kicked out of court.
Buehler followed Cpt. Gayle Autry outside with a video camera in hand questioning him. After Autry began to walk away, Buehler said, “Go fuck yourself.” Autry immediately turned around, stormed back over and arrested Buehler.
The trial began between 5-6 pm, with the judge denying all motions made by Buehler because they were not “timely.” Buehler also requested that Judge Deidra D. Voigt recuse herself, since she was the judge who kicked him out in March, leading to his arrest.
Following jury selection, Buehler posted: “Most said they wouldn’t hold hands with their partner if a law forbade it.”
A source close to the case tells the IR the Buehler repeated “Go fuck yourself” more than a dozen times during the course of the trial while describing free speech.
After a 4-hour trial, the jury (who seemed to be in favor of words on paper, no matter what is written) returned the verdict of guilty.
Buehler said he plans to appeal the verdict.
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