- Associated Press - Friday, March 18, 2016

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) - A former corrections officer who distributed flyers featuring crude messages about a sergeant has had a harassment conviction overturned by a New Jersey appeals court.

William Burkert admitted producing the flyers in 2011 when he was a corrections officer at the Union County Jail. The flyers used a wedding photo of the sergeant with the vulgar comments in speech bubbles.

Burkert told investigators the sergeant had posted derogatory comments about him and his family members on an online forum.

Burkert was convicted on two counts of harassment, a disorderly persons offense. He appealed on the grounds that the writings were expression protected by the First Amendment.

The appeals court wrote Friday that the flyers were childish and unprofessional, but were constitutionally protected and didn’t constitute harassment.

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