Former BG Woman Fights for Right to be Topless

BOWLING GREEN -- A former Bowling Green resident is fighting for her right to be topless.  Police arrested Lorien Bourne back in 2005 for being topless in a Bowling Green park, and now she's begun the process to appeal her disorderly conduct conviction.

Her lawyer argued that if men can take their shirts off in a park, then why can't women?  "To me, the actions were akin to a painting of a naked woman or you know, the statue of David being exposed," said Rodney Fleming, Bourne's defense attorney.

Fleming also said the conviction violated Bourne's first amendment right to free speech.  He plans to appeal all the way to the Ohio Supreme Court if necessary.

Count on News 11 to follow this case as it develops.

Posted by AEB