Nude Violinist Protester
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — He played the strings — without wearing a stitch. But that didn’t cut any ice with a judge in Oregon — who dismissed a nude protester’s claim that police violated his rights by arresting him while he played the violin naked outside the federal courthouse in Portland. Matthew T. Mglej was seeking $1.1 million in damages after his arrest for indecent exposure in May, 2014. But The Oregonian newspaper reports the judge ruled that Mglej’s nudity didn’t advance a specific message — so it wasn’t protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution or the state constitution.