Monday, 25 April 2011

Maine Dictatorship 2

A few weeks ago I reported on the outcry following Governor Paul LePage's order to remove Judy Taylor's 36-foot-long mural from the Department of Labor building in Augusta, Maine (CLICK). On Good Friday U.S. District Judge John Woodcock rejected an application to order LePage to return the mural. The judge claimed its removal constituted government speech and the court could not interfere with the right of government to say what it wished, no matter how fatheaded. So, not such a Good Friday. However, the more complex issue of artists' rights has yet to be brought before the court. It's on its way....


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