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'The Onion' filed a real brief with the Supreme Court supporting man jailed for making fun of cops

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'The Onion' filed a real brief with the Supreme Court supporting man jailed for making fun of cops

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After a federal appeals ruled that the officers were protected by what's known as "qualified immunity" for law enforcement, he took the battle to the Supreme Court. Despite writing the brief in the same voice its publication uses, and despite filling it with outlandish claims and hilarious quips, The Onion made a very real argument defending the use of parody and explaining how it works:"Put simply, for parody to work, it has to plausibly mimic the original.

Its team has filed a very real amicus brief with the Supreme Court in support of Anthony Novak, who was arrested and jailed for four days after briefly running a Facebook page parodying the police department of Parma, Ohio back in 2016.

In addition to running a highly successful news publication, The Onion said it "owns and operates the majority of the world’s transoceanic shipping lanes, stands on the nation’s leading edge on matters of deforestation and strip mining, and proudly conducts tests on millions of animals daily".


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Published Date: 2022-10-04, 05:04:25

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