Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Bizarre 'Bong Hits 4 Jesus' case reaches US Supreme Court

File under: only in America

On Monday, March 19th, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in the case informally known as "Bong Hits 4 Jesus." High school student Joseph Frederick was subjected to school suspension for his display of a homemade banner while standing across the street from school property, albeit during normal school hours.

clearly one for the highest court in the land

While initial court rulings held in favor of the Juneau, Alaska school district, the Ninth Circuit Court reversed in favor of Frederick. The Ninth Circuit determined that the school district did not have the right to unduly restrict the public demonstration by Frederick when he elected to unfurl and display his 14-foot banner with the words, "Bong Hits 4 Jesus."

The school district appealed to the Supreme Court. Their case is being led by none other than Kenneth Starr of Clinton impeachment notoriety. the US based Media Awareness project has already archived a number of news clippings covering Monday's oral arguments in Washington, as well as some opinion items. These, and additional clippings during the days ahead, can be found here.

thanks to drugsense

a short fim of news coverage of provided by Student for Sensible Drug Policy (US)