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Woman Wins Court Case in NJ After Previously Being Fined for Having Anti-Biden Yard Signs


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This day and age, it’s worth celebrating whenever justice is served.

One such cause for celebration is in order following a recent court case involving a woman from New Jersey and a yard filled with anti-Biden signs.

Andrea Dick was recently ordered by a municipal judge in Roselle Park NJ to remove all of the anti-Biden banners from a fence outside of her house.

The judge ruled that if Andrea didn’t comply, she would be fined $250 every day.

Andrea did not take the ruling lying down, instead choosing to fight back by enlisting the help of the American Civil Liberties Union of NJ.

After the group became involved in the case, officials in Roselle Park immediately backed off on the ruling.

Andrea proved something that all Americans need to take note of:

When you stand up to bullies, you will win.

The New York Times has more on the ruling:

A New Jersey woman can leave up several banners that use what local officials called an obscenity to express her hostility toward President Biden, a state court ruled on Tuesday.

The ruling came after the woman, Andrea Dick of Roselle Park, enlisted the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey to fight a municipal judge’s order that she take the banners off a fence outside the house where she lives with her mother or face $250 a day in fines.

After the civil liberties group joined the case, Roselle Park officials backpedaled on their earlier demand that Ms. Dick take down the banners and effectively dropped the matter.

“I feel amazing,” Ms. Dick, 54, said after the Superior Court of New Jersey dismissed the case, which was brought against her mother, Patricia Dilascio, who owns the home where the banners have hung since the Memorial Day weekend.

“I’m glad it’s over,” added Ms. Dick, who said she had gotten angry calls and at least 20 pieces of hate mail from as far away as California, North Carolina and Texas after reports about the dispute over the banners attracted national attention.

The clash was the latest such episode to emerge from America’s fractured political landscape and to highlight the delicate balance local officials must sometimes strike between defending free speech and responding to concerns about language that some residents find offensive.

Neighbors were allegedly outraged over the signs...

Once the ACLU became involved, the NJ borough backed off big time.

This was predicted by Mayor Joseph Signorello III on Saturday during an interview with CNN.

Newsweek has more on the interview:

The New Jersey borough of Roselle Park may not continue to pursue the removal of vulgar political signs from a resident's yard should it lose an upcoming appeal.

Mayor Joseph Signorello III told CNN on Saturday that the borough is unlikely to continue a costly legal battle should a Superior Court reverse the prior municipal court ruling on the matter.

Roselle Park previously took residents Andrea Dick and Patricia Dilascio to municipal court over anti-Biden yard signs that featured the f-word. The borough has stated that it does not take issue with the expression of political opinions by residents and that the vulgar language merely violated local ordinances.

A municipal court ruled on the side of the borough, ordering that the signs be removed or the residents would face a $250-a-day fine.

Dick and Dilascio are now being represented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) attorney in an attempt to appeal that ruling in Superior Court.

"Quite frankly, if we lose in the Superior Court, I don't think there's any desire for anybody to bring this to the [state] Supreme Court," Signorello said on CNN. "I think that if a Superior Court should rule against us, we'll certainly look to change the ordinance. Because as much outrage as there is in Roselle Park—and I can assure you there is with both Republicans and Democrats—you know, we need to be pragmatic."

Signorello also told NJ Advance that the borough would have to determine how much it would cost if the homeowner appeals the case to the Supreme Court should they lose in Superior Court.

The mayor attempted to minimize the political aspect of the case, though it's clear he was merely trying to save face. 

This was a clear cut assault on the First Amendment.

Andrea is being celebrated on social media for her victory.



 

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