Federal Judge Says Angry Sign On House Protected Speech

A federal judge says a local sign ordinance can't limit the sign that a North Carolina man painted on his home out of anger at town leaders.

Multiple media organizations reported Wednesday that David Bowden can keep the crude message painted on the front of his Cary home in large, orange letters.

Federal Judge Louise Flanagan ruled that enforcing Cary's sign ordinance would violate Bowden's free-speech rights.

Bowden had the sign painted on the front of his home last year after it was damaged by runoff that he blames on town road construction.

The town's attorney argued that the sign expressing Bowden's view of being "Screwed by the town of Cary" violated parts of the ordinance concerning aesthetics and traffic safety.

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