You're a Potential Terrorist, Mr. Grinch!


A 42-year-old man was arrested Wednesday in Wheeling, West Virginia for the crime of wearing a Grinch mask. According to the Wheeling Intelligencer/News-Register, officers were just enforcing a state statute:

The law was "developed more fully" since the Sept 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, [Wheeling City Solicitor Rosemary Humway-Warmuth] said. […]

The statute, [Ohio County Prosecutor Scott Smith] says, indicates anyone using masks, hoods or other devices to conceal even a portion of the face "could be potentially committing a crime."

Areas in which they are not permitted include streets, alleys, areas of public trading or sites which are frequented by the general public.

Exceptions to the law include masks worn by those under 16 years of age, traditional Halloween masks, safety gear used in occupations, theatrical productions, civil defense or protection from the elements. […]

"Even free speech has its limits," Smith commented.

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