Trespassing conviction upheld in obscene T-shirt case

August 06, 2012

A Mohave County man convicted of trespassing for wearing an obscenity-laced T-shirt to a Board of Supervisors meeting has lost another round in court. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports.

KJZZ first told you about Mervin Fried in March of this year. A justice court found him guilty of trespassing in February after wearing a shirt with obscenities to the Mohave County Board of Supervisors meeting. Fried had maintained that he wore the T-shirt to express his opinion of the board's decision to increase the county tax rate.

A Superior Court judge recently upheld the trespassing conviction, saying the county's dress code specifically prohibits vulgar messages.

Fried told the Kingman Daily Miner that he plans another appeal.

His 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 of Supervisors.

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