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#1 Hum

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 16:48

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana woman ran afoul of police when she gave her neighbors an unusual holiday greeting, hanging Christmas lights in the shape of a middle finger.

Sarah Childs was in a dispute with some of her neighbors in Denham Springs, just east of Baton Rouge, so she decided to send a message with her decorations. Neighbors complained and police threatened to arrest her, so she and the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana sued the city.

A judge ruled in her favor Thursday.

"I imagine it will be back up before too long," ACLU of Louisiana executive director Marjorie Esman said of the display.

Childs erected the lights on her roof last month. She has removed them twice — once after a police officer told her she could be fined and again after another officer threatened to arrest her, her lawsuit said.

U.S. District Judge James Brady issued an order temporarily barring city officials from interfering with the display. The two-page order said the city's "continued efforts" to prevent Childs from displaying her holiday lights will violate her rights to free speech and due process. He scheduled a Jan. 7 hearing in Baton Rouge.

Denham Springs attorney Paeton Burkett said the city will comply with Brady's order.

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 17:51

lol

Childish, but amusing.

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 23:53

Looks like an innocent menorah to me ... :shifty: Happy Hanukkah

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 00:22

Looks like an innocent menorah to me ... :shifty: Happy Hanukkah

I was thinking the same.

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 00:29

Looks like a mutilated cactus to me.

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 01:56

She must have neighbors like me. That would be perfect for them.



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