Thursday, December 07, 2006

Signs Protected by the First Amendment?

Why not?

"The car Chris Pagan wanted to sell is long gone. But he kept the 'for sale' sign, in case he might need it as evidence in a three-year federal court battle over his right to use the sign. In 2003, Pagan parked a 1970 Mercury Cougar with a 'for sale' sign in front of his Sharon Road home. But Glendale police threatened to cite him under an ordinance forbidding such signs on vehicles in public areas. ...

Pagan filed a federal lawsuit, launching a freedom-of-speech crusade against the village's half-century-old sign regulation. 'This is not a trivial thing. Glendale was seeking to throw me into the criminal justice system and subject me to jail time -- and they can't do that when they're violating the First Amendment,' said Pagan, who could have been fined up to $250 and spent 30 days in jail.

On Wednesday, Pagan's case will be debated in an unusual hearing before all 14 judges of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals."


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