Vandalism is not free speech

Posted: Thursday, October 21, 2010

I noticed driving to work this morning that someone had vandalized at least three of Lisa Murkowski's large signs. These signs cost at least $100 each.

Freedom of speech is guaranteed by the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and Article 1, Sec. 5 of the Alaska Constitution.

Vandalism is not protected speech. Vandalism is a class A misdemeanor in the State of Alaska punishable by up to one year in jail. Criminal Mischief in the fourth degree provides in pertinent part: (a) A person commits the crime of criminal mischief in the fourth degree if, having no right to do so or any reasonable ground to believe the person has such a right (1) with intent to damage property of another, the person damages property of another in an amount of $50 or more but less than $500.

Please, in the future -- political discourse not graffiti!

Carol A. Brenckle, Kenai

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