Score one for common sense:
Plainfield will no longer enforce an ordinance banning political campaign yard signs more than 30 days before Election Day, the town’s attorney said today.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana targeted the Plainfield law Tuesday in a federal lawsuit, citing concerns that any time limits on displaying political signs violated First Amendment free speech rights. Melvin Daniel, the town’s attorney, said that after reviewing the legal issues involved, town officials decided to halt any enforcement.
And for the First Amendment. It would have been better if the town had “reviewed the legal issues” before passing the ordinance, but give town officials credit for backing off instead of getting stubborn and going through costly litigation.