Holidays Are Over, But Will Middle Finger Remain?

BATON ROUGE, La. (January 8, 2013)--The holidays may be over, but Sarah Childs of Denham Springs, La., wants to keep an unusual light display on her roof that shows an extended middle finger to her neighbors.

A federal judge heard testimony Monday about whether Childs should be granted an injunction, barring the city of Denham Springs and police from requiring her to remove the display.

The hearing will continue next week.

Childs says she put up the roof message because she believed a neighbor stole her dog.

She said police threatened her with fines and arrest because of the lights.

She and the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana have sued the city and police.

Lawyers for Denham Springs and police say officials didn't threaten Childs and argue the display isn't protected speech under the Constitution.


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