Judge rules in favor of 'screwed' man

Dan Bowden

December 7, 2010 8:35:07 PM PST
The Cary man who painted "Screwed by the Town of Cary" on the front of his house last year will not have to pay any fines for violating the town's sign ordinance.In August 2009, Cary homeowner David Bowden painted the big message across the front of his house on Maynard Road, just west of Kildaire Farm Road using neon orange spray paint, because he said he was upset about what a road project did to his front yard.

Bowden said the town raised the roadbed and tore up the front of his property and water was damaging his foundation and flooding his crawlspace.

The Town of Cary told Bowden he violated a sign ordinance when he painted his house and threatened to fine him hundreds of dollars per day if he did not take it down.

Then late last year, American Civil Liberties filed a lawsuit on Bowden's behalf against the Town of Cary for violating free speech rights.

On Tuesday, a US district judge ruled in his favor.

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