According to American Judges, we need to take direction from the EU.

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    http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tm...&e=4&u=/nm/20040709/od_nm/odd_italy_insult_dc


    Fri Jul 9,11:02 AM ET

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    ROME (Reuters) - A driver who told a parking attendant "You are nobody!" has felt the weight of Italy's legal system, which ruled the seemingly innocuous words constituted slander -- and fined him heavily.



    The tiff over a parking space led to Giulio C. being fined 300 euros ($370) plus 500 euros legal costs when a court in the northeast city of Trieste turned down his appeal.

    The court ruled the phrase 'you are nobody' "means precisely 'you are a nonentity' and to state that a person is a nonentity is certainly offensive because it is damaging to the dignity of a person."

    The decision led celebrated Corriere della Sera commentator Beppe Severgnini to recall in his column on Friday that this was not the first time Italian appeal courts had deliberated on the definition of slander.

    Indeed, over the years a sort of "guide to legitimate offence" has been formulated and Severgnini, quoting the courts, gave a few of the more common examples.

    "Ball-breaker" is not slander because although "an undoubtedly rude expression it is now in common usage."

    "I'll kick your arse" also passes muster because this is a "robust reaction which should be understood in a figurative way."

    Under Italian law, the crime of slander is punishable by a maximum fine of 516 euros.
     
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    For some reason it almost reminds me of Demolition Man. Anyone seen that movie?

    Remember the fines for cursing and whatnot? Also, there was no violence in San Angeles... well... not until Wesley Snipes and Slyvester Stallone got there. ;)
     
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    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer:

    " The U.S. Constitution will have to evolve, in order to fit with the documents of other nations."

    ( Quote taken from the book, " Useful Idiots", by Mona Charen).
     
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    Time for review from Congress, not the way the Constituition is set up....
     
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    And thank God for that. The founding fathers tried to anticipate tyranny's every trick, and they did a pretty good job. However, elite liberal socialists are staying up nights, trying to figure out ways around that pesky document.
     

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