Clarksville mother on trial in pat down case

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Jury selection is under way in the trial of a Clarksville mother who berated Transportation Security Administration officers who were trying to pat down her teenage daughter at the Nashville airport.

Andrea Abbott is charged with disorderly conduct in the July 2011 confrontation.

Attorney Brent Horst has said his client may have been loud, but she was only exercising her right to free speech.

Abbott testified at a hearing last year that she was confused by the screening process. She thought her daughter had been singled out for a pat-down, but officers wouldn't tell her why.

The case briefly drew national attention as hundreds offered Abbott support and donations amid debate over whether new, intrusive screening methods should be allowed at airports.


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