Dang it! Shoot! It’s a crime in Virginia to swear in public. A lawmaker suggests soap instead of a misdemeanour

RICHMOND, Va. – Dang it! Shoot! Jeepers creepers!

Virginia law demands that residents keep it clean, even in moments crying out for the foulest four-letter words. It’s illegal in this state to curse in public.

Profane swearing” is a Class 4 misdemeanor punishable by a $250 fine, right up there with public intoxication. It’s a law that predates the Civil War. Yet modern-day potty-mouths still get charged under it – in small numbers, but in ways that can raise troubling questions...

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