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Quebec News

Montreal, Canada teacher Neall Epstein, 45, got into the latest of many arguments with his neighbor Michael Naccache , 34, that culminated with Naccache allegedly holding a power tool in a “menacing way” and threatening him. Epstein responded by flipping him the double birds and walked away. Police later arrested Epstein. But when the case finally made it to court, Quebec Judge Dennis Galiatsatos not only ruled in Epstein’s favor but was annoyed that he was even arrested. From CTV News:

“To be abundantly clear, it is not a crime to give someone the finger,” the judge wrote in his Feb. 24 ruling. “Flipping the proverbial bird is a God-given, Charter-enshrined right that belongs to every red-blooded Canadian. It may not be civil, it may not be polite, it may not be gentlemanly. Nevertheless, it does not trigger criminal liability.” […]

Naccache alleged that Epstein also made a throat-slashing gesture and said …

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