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N.J. high court: Man may display political signs in condo window

Law professor who filed brief supporting Wasim Khan says it’s a great victory for more than a million in state living in condo communities.

Kan. town to pay $8K to settle dispute over yard sign

WICHITA, Kan. — A Valley Center homeowner can again display a yard sign criticizing the city and its administrator without fear.
News emerged this weekend of the court settlement in a First Amendment case that arose after homeowner Jarrod West put a sign in his yard protesting inaction on a water-drainage problem. The Wichita suburb of [...]

Federal judge OKs size limit for political signs

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A Baltimore County ordinance prohibiting political signs larger than 8 square feet does not violate the First Amendment, a federal judge has ruled.
Stephen V. Kolbe had challenged the constitutionally of the ordinance after being told that he needed to remove a 32-square-foot sign that he placed on his yard last May supporting Maryland gubernatorial [...]

Governments should lay off political yard signs

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When elections near, a perennial free-speech dispute arises over the display
of political campaign signs.
Many municipalities have laws limiting the number and size of signs in
residential areas. Supporters of the laws contend they limit visual clutter,
improve traffic safety and preserve neighborhood aesthetics of neighborhoods.
Detractors counter that such limitations infringe on fundamental First Amendment
rights.
Some of [...]

Steelers fans can hang banner for now

PITTSBURGH — A pair of Pittsburgh Steelers fans in south-central Pennsylvania will be able to hang a banner at their house supporting the NFL team, at least for now, even though their town claims the sign violates a zoning ordinance.
Alissa Myers and her husband, Frank Patti, purchased a 2-foot-by-8-foot “You're in Steelers Country” banner at [...]

Idaho man could face fine for marring sign in his yard

HOMEDALE, Idaho — A southwestern Idaho man could face a maximum $1,000 fine and a year in jail after defacing a campaign sign he placed in his own front yard.
Tony Lopez of Homedale said he changed his mind about a local candidate he initially agreed to support and altered the sign, adding a large black [...]

R.I. yard signs deemed too big can go back up for now

WEST WARWICK, R.I. — A federal judge has blocked West Warwick officials from enforcing a ban on signs they deem too big.
U.S. District Court Judge Ernest Torres issued the temporary restraining order yesterday while he considers a lawsuit filed by Thomas Jones, who was forced to take down signs from his property that supported his [...]

Ohio towns draw fire for charging residents to display yard signs

AKRON, Ohio — Two suburbs that charge a $5 fee for each political sign that residents put in their yards are infringing on constitutional rights to free speech, the American Civil Liberties Union said.
The ACLU sent letters this month to officials in the village of Silver Lake and Bath Township, urging them to stop enforcing [...]

Ohio prosecutor to charge anti-war activist with littering

KENT, Ohio — A prosecutor says he'll seek a littering charge against an anti-war activist who placed an “Impeach Bush” placard in a public garden.
Police had originally issued a ticket to Kevin Egler last month on a charge of unlawfully advertising in a public place, a violation that carries a $125 fine.
But Kent Law Director [...]

Ex-congressional candidate sues R.I. town over campaign signs

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A former congressional candidate sued the town of Richmond on Aug. 6, accusing its police chief of violating his free-speech rights by repeatedly removing his campaign signs from private property last summer.
Rod Driver said he posted a campaign sign across from the front entrance of the town fairgrounds last August. It was [...]

N.J. high court: Homeowners must abide by association rules

TRENTON, N.J. — Homeowners forfeit certain freedoms of speech — such as the right to post political signs on their front lawns — when they live in a community in which the homeowners' association bans such expression, the state Supreme Court ruled yesterday.
The high court ruled that homeowners' association policies are not at odds with [...]

N.J. high court hears dispute over homeowner rules

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey's Supreme Court yesterday began considering whether people give up some rights, such as posting a political sign in their yard, when they move into a housing development that bans such a practice.
The case being argued before the state high court involves residents of the Twin Rivers housing development in East [...]

Kansas City suburb may go back to drawing board on sign rules

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. — This Kansas City suburb will consider a new sign ordinance, the city attorney says, after a federal judge found the current one appeared to violate First Amendment rights.
Prairie Village resident David Quinly, backed by the American Civil Liberties Union, had challenged the ordinance after the city cited him for his front-yard [...]

W. Va. town’s political-sign law held unconstitutional

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. — A city ordinance covering the posting of temporary political signs is unconstitutional because it places a “burden” on residents' rights to free speech, a federal judge has ruled.
Chief U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley's ruling stems from a lawsuit filed by Bridgeport resident Daniel McFadden over two ordinances governing the placement of [...]

N.J. homeowners groups must recognize residents’ free speech

TRENTON, N.J. — A state appeals court panel ruled yesterday that homeowners associations must recognize residents’ rights to freedom of speech under the New Jersey Constitution.
The unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel stemmed from a case brought by residents of the private Twin Rivers community in East Windsor, who had sued their homeowners association to [...]

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