Lawyer in bin Laden costume arrested

From Associated Press, via The Boston Globe:

“The lawyer who divulged President Bush’s drunken-driving arrest days before the 2000 election was arrested at gunpoint yesterday after he was seen on a highway construction site carrying a toy gun while dressed in an Osama bin Laden costume.”

Maine Today has this:

“Thomas J. Connolly, of Scarborough, a prominent defense attorney and 1998 Democratic candidate for governor was charged with criminal threatening this morning after an incident beside Interstate 295.

“South Portland police were notified around 9 a.m. that a man wearing a rubber Osama bin Laden mask was standing on top of a berm along the highway carrying a sign that said ‘I Love TABOR,’ and waving what appeared to be an assault rifle.”

TABOR is the Taxpayer Bill of Rights on Maine’s ballot next week. But some passersby reportedly thought the sign said, “I love the Taliban.”

Connolly, who AP says is known for wearing costumes to make political statements, had this to say:

“There was a First Amendment this morning when I woke up. I don’t know how it evaporated with the dawn.”