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Oct 10, 2012 3:56 PM by The Associated Press

MA town fines people $20 for cursing

BOSTON (AP) - The town of Middleborough, Mass., doesn't like people cursing in public. It's even had a bylaw on the books prohibiting public profanity since 1968. Over the summer the town approved a proposal that allows police to enforce the ban with a $20 fine, but it's not sitting well with the state's top law enforcement official. Citing free speech guarantees, Attorney General Martha Coakley recommends that the town either change or repeal the measure.

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