July 25, 2016 8:51 pm -

An Ohio judge asked Andrea Burton to remove the pin and she said no.

He didn’t allow court officials to wear political pins in his courtroom, she recalled him saying, and he asked her to remove it.

“He asked me if I would take it off and I told him I would not,” Burton told The Washington Post. “And he said we would have to deal with that and I asked how.  And he said, ‘We’ll see.’ ”


A few minutes later, after again refusing to take off the pin, Burton was convicted of contempt of court, placed in handcuffs and taken to jail and sentenced to five days.

Now, Burton’s community — and as the story spread, the rest of the nation — is trying to decide whether Burton was exercising her constitutional right to freedom of expression abou



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.