Now you can express in Connecticut it thanks to this judge Writing F-bomb on your speeding ticket is free speech, judge rules By Josh Saul and Danika Fears September 15, 2015 | 5:27pm Modal Trigger A judge ruled that Willian Barboza (above left) had his free-speech rights violated after he was arrested for writing profanities on a speeding ticket (above right). Photo: New York Civil Liberties Union Aggrieved drivers have the Constitutional right to scrawl F-bombs and other words of rage when they submit their traffic ticket payment slips, a federal judge has ruled. The decision stems from the arrest of a frustrated Connecticut motorist, who wrote “F–k your s–tty town b–ches” on a form as he sent the upstate town of Liberty $175 for a speeding fine in 2012. Federal judge Cathy Seibel said the town was wrong to jail Willian Barboza, then 22, because he was legally permitted to spew all the blue language he wanted, as long as he wasn’t threatening anyone. “I find that plaintiff suffered a deprivation of his First Amendment rights when he was arrested,” judge Cathy Seibel said in White Plains federal court Thursday. “Speech is often provocative and challenging, but it is nevertheless protected against censorship or punishment unless shown likely to produce a clear and present danger.” In addition to penning the F-bomb on the payment form, Barboza also scratched out the town’s name and replaced it with the word “Tyranny.” His profane comments “upset and alarmed” the ladies who work in the Liberty town clerk’s office. They told their boss, who alerted Sullivan County Assistant District Attorney Robert Zangla, according to court documents. A local judge rejected Barboza’s payment, and he was ordered to make a two-hour trek from his home in Connecticut to appear in town court on October 18, 2012. Justice Brian P. Rourke scolded him for his course comments — then prosecutors told two officers to arrest him on an aggravated assault charge. Barboza spent two hours in jail, before being released on $200 bail. Barboza continued to taunt authorities, asking Zangla to drop his case while writing, “I hope this letter finds you in terminally ill health, stuck in a loveless marriage and full of loathing every time you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror.” The charge against Barboza was eventually dropped in 2013 by Town Justice Ivan Kalter. “Without doubt [Barboza’s] comment was crude, vulgar, inappropriate, and clearly intended to ‘annoy,’” the judge wrote. “Nevertheless, it is not a threat, it does not contain ‘fighting words,’ or create an ‘imminent danger.’” Barboza then filed a federal lawsuit against Liberty and Zangla. After Thursday’s ruling, Village of Liberty will now stand trial on Barboza’s claim that it failed to properly train its officers, according to court transcripts. “It’s free speech and the courts have said that for decades,” Bergstein told The Post. Barboza is also seeking damages. “The people I trusted to uphold the law violated my most basic rights,” he said in a statement. “I hope that by standing up for myself, other Americans will not be treated like criminals for complaining about their government with a few harmless words.” Two officers also named in the suit will be granted qualified immunity since it was “objectively reasonable” for them to believe that they weren’t violating Barboza’s rights, according to their defense attorney Adam L. Rodd.