Trial date set for woman cited for displaying plastic testicles on truck

BONNEAU, SC (WCSC) - The trial date for a Bonneau woman ticketed for having plastic testicles hanging from her truck has been set for September.

Bonneau Police Chief Franco Fudas says the trial is scheduled for Sept. 21. A jury will decide if Virginia Tice was exercising free speech or being just obscene.

Tice was given a $445 ticket July 5 that accuses her of violating the state's obscene bumper sticker law. And other than a hefty fine, the ticket is causing a huge controversy that extends far past the Bonneau city limits.

"Genitalia is offensive," says Chief Fuda. "As a law enforcement officer, I'll advise that person if it warrants a citation I'll issue a citation. As a father, I wouldn't want my daughter looking at it."

The South Carolina code of laws says "a sticker, decal or emblem is indecent when it describes, in a patently offensive way... sexual acts, excretory functions or parts of the human body."

Tice's attorney, Scott Bischoff, expects a trial next month and says his client is still angry with the incident.

"My clients conduct was not illegal," says Tice's attorney, Scott Bischoff. "We believe it was blown way out of proportion. She is still upset about the situation because she believes she's been treated unfairly."

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