The content of a racially insensitive flier on presidential candidate Barack Obama distributed in Roxbury. N.J., last weekend did not violate any criminal statutes and is speech protected by the First Amendment, says Morris County Prosecutor Robert Bianchi. The Newark Star-Ledger quoted Bianchi as saying the flier was “reprehensible literature” but its distribution and content was not illegal. He pledged to monitor the situation and “aggressively prosecute any person who crosses the line and commits a criminal offense or bias crime.”
The flier was left on driveways in a neatly packaged plastic envelope and distributed by the League of American Patriots. It questioned, “Do You Want A Black President?” and stated “Black Ruled Nations most unstable and violent in the world.” The League of American Patriots formed on March 29 at a meeting attended by more than 20 people in northern New Jersey, according to the organization’s Web site.