Good week for: The foulmouthed, after a Pennsylvania judge acquitted a woman of disorderly conduct for swearing at her malfunctioning toilet. Her neighbor, a policeman, charged Dawn Herb, 33, with a crime after he heard her repeatedly using the F-word through her bathroom window. The language Herb used “may be considered by some to be offensive, vulgar, and imprudent,” the judge ruled, but she was entitled to use it under the First Amendment.
Bad week for: Pedro Carreño, the interior minister of Venezuela’s socialist government, after a journalist interrupted his speech to ask if it wasn’t hypocritical of him to denounce capitalism while wearing Gucci shoes and a Louis Vuitton tie. “I don’t, uh . . . I . . . of course,” stammered Carreño.