A judge in Grand Rapids will soon decide whether Tim Huffman had the right to tell jokes on TV -- using a dressed-up human penis.
What started as a misdemeanor criminal case three years ago has grown into a battle over constitutional rights.
Prosecutors say Huffman's performance was a simple violation of the state'sindecent exposure law. . . .
[H]uffman's troubles began in April 2000 after he produced a video skit on late-night public access TV that showed a closeup of a penis -- with a face drawn on it -- and testicles. A narrator told jokes, including, "I was in the Army . . . I didn't do much . . . I just hung around."