“Middle Finger Jerk” Gets Texas Court Protection

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http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/front/2157830 Using the hand signal popularly known as "shooting the bird" may be rude, but it's not necessarily disorderly conduct, says a Texas appeals court. The Houston Chronicle reports that the case involved whether Robert Lee Coggin incited "an immediate breach of the peace" when he allegedly gestured at a motorist with his raised middle finger as he tailgated a slow-moving vehicle in the left lane of a highway. A jury convicted Coggin, 34, and . . .

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