On the first morning that swearing in public became a civil offense in Middleborough, Corey Mills, a police sergeant taking calls at the station, said he heard more swears than he has ever heard in his life. Some of those doing the swearing were the teenagers the law was meant to target, but others were people around the country who were simply angry that the law appeared to violate the constitutional rights to free speech. First Amendment specialists say they are probably right.
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