07/21/2012

Naked protester 'not guilty' of indecent exposure

The Oregon state Supreme Court has ruled that nudity is protected speech

By Mark Gomez
Contra Costa Times
PORTLAND, Ore. — A Portland, Ore. man who stripped naked before a flight to Silicon Valley to protest a TSA security screening at Portland International Airport was found not guilty Wednesday of a misdemeanor charge of indecent exposure.

A judge in Oregon ruled that John Brennan's act of removing his clothing on April 17 in protest of the security screening was an act of protest and protected speech.

Brennan, 50, was arrested April 17 on suspicion of indecent exposure and disorderly conduct after removing his clothes to prove that even though he had tested positive for nitrates on his clothing he wasn't carrying explosives.

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