Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Disorderly conduct charge dropped in airport protest case

From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
A disorderly conduct charge against a Charlottesville man who stripped off his clothes to protest airport-security procedures was dropped Monday in Henrico County General District Court.

Aaron B. Tobey, 21, a student at the University of Cincinnati, was charged on Dec. 30 at Richmond International Airport, where he was catching a flight to attend a family funeral.

Before boarding the plane, he removed his shirt and displayed his chest, on which was written words from the Fourth Amendment: 'The right of the people to be secure against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated.'

The charge was not prosecuted at the request of Henrico Commonwealth's Attorney Wade Kizer, who appeared before Judge Archer L. Yeatts III on Monday morning.

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