Judge Starnes upholds free speech, tosses case against preacher

Hamilton County sessions court judge Gary Starnes

Judge Starnes defends 1st amendment rights, tosses Berke city cop accusations of "disorderly conduct" vs. noisy street preacher Ray Nix.

Posted by NoogaRadio 92.7 FM on Friday, October 18, 2019

“I went before the judge, to stand up there to the plate, so the speak. He opened the envelope, read the charges against me — the police report. And he said out loud to me, ‘You have the right to free speech.’ And I said, ‘Well, I thought I did, your honor.’ So he reads a little more, and he reads the disorderly conduct charge, and he says out loud, shaking his head, he says, ‘Disorderly conduct?’ And I said, ‘Yes your honor, I’ve been told by quite a few police officers, they use that charge to arrest you for just about anything. And for that reason your honor, I ask you to dismiss this case on my right of free speech.’ And he said, ‘That’s exactly what I’m going to do, Mr. Nix. Have a good day.’ And I said, ‘Thank you very much, your honor.’ And he just about brought me down to tears. So I went out, outside the courtroom, and I cried out, I said, ‘Thank God we still have free speech in America today.’”

Click this link to hear street preacher Ray Nix tell about his hearing


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