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Thursday 18 September 2014

Fairy lights 'finger' given the nod

Published 21/12/2012 | 07:09

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A US woman has sued her town after claiming she had been threatened with arrest if she did not take down her rude Christmas lights display

A US federal judge has said a Louisiana woman has the right to display Christmas lights on her roof in the form of an extended middle finger.

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Sarah Childs sued Denham Springs, its mayor and police chief, claiming she had been threatened with arrest if she did not take down the display.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana filed the suit on Ms Childs' behalf. Soon after, US District Judge James Brady issued a temporary restraining order barring officials from interfering with the display in the city near Baton Rouge.

Ms Childs erected the lights last month as part of a continuing dispute with her neighbours.

She said she has removed them twice after one police officer told her she could be fined, while another threatened to arrest her.

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