Judge: Nearly Nude Protest Not Disorderly Conduct

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    A judge says Dallas police had no reason to arrest an out-of-town circus protester in June.

    Score a victory for nearly nekkid animal protests.

    A judge ruled Tuesday that Dallas police had no reason to arrest an out-of-town circus protester in June.

    Meggan Anderson, an actress who lives in Los Angeles, was arrested after she posed, nearly nude, as a beaten animal on a Dallas sidewalk during a PETA protest.

    Arrested for Nudity

    [DFW] Arrested for Nudity
    Megan Anderson played the role of a half-naked beaten animal at a protest in Dallas, but police arrested her disorderly conduct.

    Halfway through the trial, the judge dismissed the jury and ruled that Anderson was not guilty. The judge said the prosecution failed to prove that her actions posed a threat of inciting violence, a standard called for in a disorderly conduct charge.

    Don Feare, Anderson's attorney, said he was happy with the ruling.

    "These animal-rights organizers have a right to communicate a message, and Dallas police can't keep arresting them on these trumped-up charges," he said.

    Anderson, who flew into Dallas for the trial, spent nine hours in lockup after her arrest.

    "PETA and I have done numerous demonstrations of this nature, and I have never run into this complication before," she said.

    The prosecution declined requests for an interview.