A woman in New Jersey was facing a lawsuit from her town over her choice to display anti-Biden signs on her property, some containing profanity. Andrea Dick and her mother were facing fines and court battles after refusing to take down the signs until American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) decided to take the case. Now the town is dropping the case which ACLU celebrated as a First Amendment win.
Fox News reports:
Dick, and her mother, Patricia Dilascio, had faced fines of $250 per day for banners with slogans such as “F— Biden,” “Joe Biden S—s,” and “Socialism S—s, Biden B-—s,” the outlet reported.
In June, the property owner was issued a notice about a violation of a municipal ordinance in connection with the banners, and then a court summons a few days later after the banners were not removed, the report said.
Municipal Court Judge Gary Bundy had ruled that the banners violated the town’s ordinance against obscenity. His order to remove banners applied only to those with the F-word, NJ.com reported.
“The First Amendment exists specifically to make sure people can express strong opinions on political issues – or any other matter – without fear of punishment by the government,” Sinha told the outlet. “Today’s decision confirms that our position was correct: Roselle Park had no grounds to issue fines for a political sign and the town’s use of its obscenity ordinance infringed upon fundamental rights protected by the First Amendment. It was an uncomplicated case.”
Dick says she still plans to file a lawsuit against the town and for now the signs will remain on her mother’s property.