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Woman Would Take Jail Over Taking Down Trump Signs

They're too big, Maine authorities say
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 21, 2017 12:33 AM CDT

(Newser) – A Maine woman says she'd rather go to jail than take down her pro-Donald Trump signs. Susan Reitman's signs say "I Love Trump" and "He Won, Get Over It." But the code enforcement officer in Rockland has notified her that the signs violate a local ordinance, because they are bigger than the town allows. She could be fined $100 or more per day. "I admire your passion for our president. Truly, I do," Rockland Assistant Code Enforcement Officer William Butler wrote to Reitman this week, per the Portland Press Herald. "However, we have received a complaint and I have to do my due diligence and I have determined your signs are not in compliance with the Rockland Code."

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"It is your business what you put on the signs," Butler wrote. "It is the city’s business regarding the size and number of signs." Town officials say there's a process to apply for permits to display larger signs. But Reitman tells New England Cable News that her free speech rights are more important than the ordinance. The 75-year-old widow says she has no intention of removing her signs—or paying any fines. She tells NECN: "If I have to sit in jail for the rest of eternity, that's my choice." (Read more campaign signs stories.)

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