Here are some remarkable legal cases involving gestures. They show, hopefully, that gestures are taken seriously, and that there is need to defend them against unaware courtiers.
Is that a threat by Rove?
News on 7Online, may ’06: A man in the US was put behind bars because ‘he made sexual gestures at a group of children’.
Metro NL, may ’04: 16 year old Goran P. hears a demand for six years for his part in the murder of Maja Bradaric (blog archive). The ministry of justice said Goran had prior knowledge, could have walked away, but instead encouraged Goran M. with gestures ‘to do it’. (He got five years in jail)
2001: 30 days for threatening gesture on flight from Israel to US
Fined for Gesture:
US lady and Qatari exchange the finger in Qatar – Brando threatening jury in US or gesturing ‘guilty‘ – Skolnick fined for finger in Brazil – Koeman for ‘blind’ gesture in Portuguese football match – Artest for obscenity in US basketball – SA Cricketer Gibbs for faking injury in UK – Russian Tennisplayer Zvereva at Wimbledon for two fingers high – Info on the forbidden Hitler Salute