Grand Jury Tosses Obama Effigy Case

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A grand jury has refused to indict two Kentucky men for hanging an effigy of Barack Obama from a tree in
Lexington at the height of the presidential campaign.

Joe Fischer and Hunter Bush faced multiple charges, including disorderly conduct, for hanging the effigy with a noose around its neck above a sidewalk on the University of Kentucky campus.

Defense attorney Fred Peters said common sense prevailed among Fayette County grand jurors. He said they realized the case "had been blown way out of proportion."

Fischer and Bush apologized Tuesday for what they called a "political prank." They said they hung the effigy after seeing a similar display of unsuccessful GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin hung from a tree in a California man's yard.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Bill on Jan 31, 2009 at 04:30 AM
    You mean Ky has missed getting the chance to put someone in prison.WOW.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 30, 2009 at 03:55 PM
    FREEDOM OF SPEECH!!!!! NOT FREAKIN RACISM!!!!!!!!!! Who cares if Obama is black nobody except liberals.
  • by k Location: floyd on Jan 30, 2009 at 03:47 PM
    It was the right thing to do, but it still wasnt nice.
  • by A on Jan 30, 2009 at 10:04 AM
    Prayer Changes nothing Action does though. 1 Man working aaccomplishes more than a thousand on their knees!
  • by PRAYER CHANGES THINGS AND PEOPLE on Jan 30, 2009 at 06:30 AM
    The bottom line is the boy's were wrong for doing this and it just shows what kind of mentality and heart they have. I am glad I do not walk around with that much hate in my heart for people. I pray for my ememies and I will do the same for the racists here. For those of you that said it was wrong and the court failed, amen. Remember though, they will always suffer this because God does not like ugly. Get use to it, even in KY, diversity is here and more is coming.
  • by John Location: Nashville on Jan 28, 2009 at 01:00 PM
    Are you comparing what someone did in their own front yard with the Sarah Palin effigy - to this? 1. These kids did this on someone elses property. 2. They hid from it. This is not the same thing. The person in CA did it in their front yard and owned up to their actions. These kids are sorry for what they did? wrong, they are sorry they got caught. During their news conference one of the accused even says you have to think about your actions and how it is going to hurt people. This is an admission of guilt and wrong doing. I'm all for freedom of speech and expression, these kids had their chance to perform their actions in their front yard, why choose a campus? Because all the attention they would get? Neighbors would be outraged? yes, so they decided to hide from it. because they knew it was wrong. plain and simple. They saw the big picture and didn't want the attention. Well they got the attention and now they are sorry.
  • by rocky mountain on Jan 28, 2009 at 12:19 PM
    Finally grand jurys are using there head and not letting the media decide some ones fate. I'm glad nothing happened to them. It was stupid for Larson to present it anyway. Maybe he will retire after this. We can only hope!!!!
  • by Former Kentuckian on Jan 28, 2009 at 12:03 PM
    Hey KY girl, how was this case different from the effigy of Palin? It was taken to court because Obama was black. Get your head out of the sand!
  • by John Location: KY on Jan 28, 2009 at 11:33 AM
    FREEDOM OF SPEECH!
  • by steve on Jan 28, 2009 at 06:50 AM
    That's the problem they got their education from a liberal ran institution.
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