A New Jersey woman who displayed profanity-laden signs critical of President Joe Biden was ordered by a judge to remove them or face monetary penalties.
On July 15, homeowner Patricia Dilascio was ordered by Roselle Park Municipal Court Judge Gary Bundy to remove three of 10 flags displayed on her property within a week or face $250-per-day fines, even though the signs belong to her daughter, Andrea Dick. The display features the phrases “F*** Biden,” “Joe Biden Sucks,” “Socialism Sucks, Biden Blows,” and “Don’t Blame Me I Voted For Trump,” among others.
Complaints about her display began to pour in as early as last month as critics suggested the anti-Biden flags should be removed due to the proximity of the home to a local school. “This is not a case about politics. It is a case, pure and simple, about language,” Judge Gary Bundy said. “This ordinance does not restrict political speech. Neither this town or its laws may abridge or eliminate Ms. Dilascio’s freedom of speech. However, freedom of speech is not simply an absolute right. It is clear from state law and statutes that we cannot simply put up the umbrella of the First Amendment and say everything and anything is protected speech.”
Michael Campagna, an attorney representing the homeowner, argued that standards for obscenity have changed over the years, stating that it was obscene for women to show their knees in the 1920s. He said using the f-word towards someone no longer has a sexual connotation in society and is simply a colloquialism.
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