Judge: Woman Can Flip Off Neighbors Via Holiday Lights
Louisiana resident has a unique display
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 21, 2012 6:01 PM CST
Updated Dec 23, 2012 12:00 PM CST
These are not the PG-rated lights.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A Louisiana woman can resume giving her neighbors an unusual holiday greeting— 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, and 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 this week, citing her rights to free speech and due process.

"I imagine it will be back up before too long," said an ACLU official. Childs put up 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. Now they can go back up, at least until a Jan. 7 hearing. It's not clear what the original dispute is about.

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Dec 23, 2012 11:02 PM CST
Any pics ? Wonder what she will do next year if the neighbors make her really mad ?
Dec 23, 2012 6:10 PM CST
leave it to the ACLU to stick their anti-American snouts in this. That woman has issues for sure and if I was her neighbor I'd be looking at houses. Apt to shoot up your house or sumthin'...what a nation of imbeciles we have become.
Dec 23, 2012 4:22 PM CST
It says much more about her than any of her neighbors & none of it much good.