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Is there a law against calling a person a or in

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is there a law against calling a person a bitch or c**t in public
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Zoey, JD replied 6 months ago.
Hello, In general, insults, even vulgar ones, are protected speech under the first amendment. There is a "fighting words" exception to the First Amendment, but time has pretty well eroded it. If the language is such that if delivered in face to face in a context that would reasonably cause a violent reaction, however, then the speech would not be protected by the First Amendment. So whether or not there's a law against it depends upon the facts and circumstances when the words were used. This opinion by the Texas Attorney General explains the law as to this issue in your state.

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