Judge Weighs Charges Against Woman Who Swore Aat School Board

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman who swore at a school board after she says they didn’t address her concerns about bullying is trying to get her summary disorderly conduct conviction overturned.

WJAC-TV (http://bit.ly/2cpyY2g ) reports a Cambria County judge heard testimony at Johanna Boratko’s summary appeal hearing Tuesday and now plans to take a couple day to review video of the March meeting — and a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union.

The ACLU and Boratko’s attorney say her cursing is protected speech under the First Amendment.

The Greater Johnstown School Board says it will abide by the judge’s ruling and use it to determine how to conduct meetings in the future.

Defense attorney Tim Burns says what Boratko said “wasn’t appropriate” but it also was “not illegal.”

 

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