Portland airport stripper wants to stand trial



PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Portland man who took off his clothes to protest airport security measures is insisting on a trial.

In court Wednesday, 49-year-old John Brennan turned down the option of treating the misdemeanor charge of public indecency like a citation, likely resulting in community service and a letter of apology. His lawyer called that “the easy way out.”

Instead, The Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/IYmda2), Brennan is likely to be tried next month if the district attorney’s office presses forward.

Brennan was pulled aside April 17 at Portland International Airport after going through the metal detector and a pat-down. He stripped to exercise his right to free speech.

The Oregon Court of Appeals has ruled that naked protests can be protected, but each act has to be considered on a case-by-case basis.


Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com