Willmar man charged for anti-Muslim conduct claims free speech

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MinnPost staff Well, it’s an argument. The West Central Tribune’s Anne Polta reports: “The actions may have been offensive, but a Willmar man argues he should not face prosecution for leaving a pig's foot at a Somali booth at a farmers market this past summer. … The attorney for Joseph Fernkes is challenging the constitutionality of the disorderly conduct charge filed against him, saying Fernkes was exercising his right to free speech. … At a brief hearing Tuesday before Judge Michael Thompson in Kandiyohi County District Court, the state was given until Oct. 31 to file a response to a motion for dismissal of the case.”There’s money in it for them, too. The Star Tribune’s Mila Koumpilova reports: “The Freeborn County jail sent some...

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