A couple arrested at a food fair after making a rude remark to President Clinton -- and then hailed on conservative radio shows as victims of an imperial presidency -- were freed of disorderly conduct charges Tuesday.
After misdemeanor charges were dropped in Cook County for lack of evidence, city officials surprised the courtroom by saying they may file municipal charges against Glenn and Patricia Mendoza, both 32, of suburban Westchester.
Defense attorney Gus Munoz said the possible city charges were an effort by Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, a Clinton ally, to prevent embarrassment to the president.
The couple was arrested July 2 at the Taste of Chicago fair after Clinton approached them and Mrs. Mendoza responded with a rude remark.
She said the remark was, "You suck and those boys died," in reference to the June 25 attack of a U.S. installation in Saudi Arabia that left 19 American airmen dead. Secret Service agents initially said they heard something else that could have been taken as a threat against the president.