Rights And Reality: Georgia Cop Jails Ex-Wife For Facebook Gripe
He seems nice. "If a tree falls in the forest, does it make sound? If a right goes unrecognized and defied by the people charged with enforcing it, is it a right at all? It's not always a philosophical question. Anne King of Washington County, Georgia griped on Facebook that her ex-husband, Corey King, wouldn't go pick up some medicine for their sick child. One of Ms. King's friends, Susan Hines, responded "POS — give me an hour and check your mailbox. I'll be GLAD to pick up the slack." Anne King probably believed she had the perfect right to do that — or perhaps, privileged as she is to live in a country with broad free speech rights, she didn't think about it at all. She unquestionably had the legal right. But did she have a right that anyone in Washington County, Georgia was bound to respect? That question isn't as easily answered. That's because I've left out a crucial piece of information: Anne King's ex-husband is not just Corey King. He's Captain Corey King of the Washington County Sheriff's Department. And when it comes to American law enforcement, your right to free speech is more theoretical than actual."