“This issue gets at the intersection of private property and protected speech,” Melnick said. “Yard signs are highly protected methods of communication.”
Posted Sept. 14, 2012
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One of those neighbors, Mike Dubois, a Lewiston-based attorney, said he kept Lajoie’s sign where it was. He said the sign is on his private property and he believes any city ordinance that requires it to come down would be unconstitutional. Dubois even questioned the city’s ability to restrict signs in the public right of way because it selectively applies that law to political signs.
Dubois said all kinds of signs are placed in the public right of way, including real estate signs, contractors advertising their work and even businesses that have permanent signs in the right of way.
“All these signs are within the right of way so singling out just political or candidates’ campaigns signs amounts to unequal protection of the law,” Dubois said. “Especially when you start regulating the content of what can be displayed.”