Woman Forced to Listen to Rush Limbaugh, Sues

A Houston woman is suing Harris County and a sheriff’s deputy for forcing her to listen to conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh. When Bridgett Nickerson Boyd’s car broke down, she pulled over to the side of the freeway. At that moment, Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Goad pulled behind her and wrote her a ticket for driving on the shoulder (Houston already has the strictest rules for parking on the shoulder of a freeway). At that moment things started to get out of hand…

At some point during Goad’s encounter with Boyd, he decided to arrest her. Her heart began racing hard enough to prompt a call to the paramedics, and Goad followed her to the hospital in order to take her into custody again after she was treated. On their way to jail, Goad decided to expose her to Rush—and not the kind responsible for “Tom Sawyer.”

Boyd, who is African-American, claimed she was forced to listen to Limbaugh “make derogatory comments about black people” all the way to the jail. She filed a federal lawsuit alleging defamation, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, assault and battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The suit also alleges “Deputy Goad was aware that Boyd had not committed a crime and her arrest was without probable cause.” The judge assigned to her while jailed apparently agreed and dismissed all charges.

While Boyd hopes to settle with the sheriff’s department, it would be interesting to see how a judge weighs what she viewed as unwanted exposure to the noxious audio waves emanating from the pernicious prognosticator.

  • http://lawyerist.com/author/samglover/ Sam Glover

    I’d sue, too.

  • henri

    Are you kidding me. Hello. What is this world coming to. Wrongful arrest? Go for it, but let’s here both sides. Media only keeps the fire burning. Let us not also forget freedom of speech, not to mention if u don’t want to hear something, revert back to selective hearing, which we all learned naturally as children. Hey I’ve got an idea, why don’t we sue all the restaurants we go in that doesn’t play the music we like?

  • Ellen B

    This is not funny, it is sad.

  • Eddie

    This is just another cracker ass honkie that got a badge and wants to put colored folks in their place. Instead of serve and protect, you have this racist POS arrest a citizen because of his prejudices, civil rights abuse at it’s best. I do hope that she wins and makes him pay out of his pocket. And you folks out there know that if it was a pretty blond instead of a black gal, none of this would have happened.

  • Susan

    This whole incident started when this “lady” got an attitude with the cop and wouldn’t accept the ticket like a brat. I feel sorry for the poor officer who had to deal with this unruly, unsophisticated and crass woman.

    I hope the federal judge throws out the lawsuit so that the integrity of the legal system remains.