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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

(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.

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"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. (Read more Christmas stories.)

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