Ariz. man’s conviction for wearing f-word T-shirt upheld
KINGMAN, Ariz. — A Mohave County man convicted of trespassing for wearing a T-shirt bearing an obscenity to a Board of Supervisors meeting has lost another round in court.
Mervin Fried had appealed to Superior Court after a justice of the peace found him guilty of trespassing in February for refusing to leave the meeting or to replace his T-shirt when asked.
Superior Court Judge Rick Williams recently upheld the lower court’s ruling, which stated that the county’s dress code specifically limits when and where vulgar messages can be displayed in the County Administration Building, The Kingman Daily Miner reported.
Fried told the Daily Miner that he planned another appeal.
Fried has maintained that he wore the T-shirt to express his opinion of the board’s decision to increase the county tax rate. According to the Daily Miner, Fried’s shirt bore the f-word followed by “the tax.” Fried’s attorney has argued that the court incorrectly interpreted the First Amendment and the Arizona Constitution in convicting Fried.
Fried now is running for a seat on the board.
First Amendment Center Online staff contributed to this story.