March 11, 2007 12:14pm CST
A man who intentionally spat at another can be charged with criminal assault, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Wednesday. Jeffrey Lewellyn was sentenced to two years probation and 50 hours of community service after he spat in 2004 at a patient who swore at him on the grounds of a Veterans Administration Medical Center in Walla Walla, Washington. "Intentionally spitting on another person is an offensive touching that rises to the level of simple assault," the three-judge panel wrote. I believe that spitting on a person is one of the most disrectful things one person can do to another. I know there isn't much pain inflicted, but it's just plain wrong. I remember a baseball player spitting on a umpire in the 90s. It was shown all over the television. It was pretty disgusting. Although some may view this offence at petty, I agree that it should rise to the level of a simple assault. What do you think? Are we little whimps and overreacting here in the United States? P.S. I just love the name Walla Walla, Washington.