Around the law

September 23, 2008

No, no, no:

PLAINFIELD, Ind. — Blue Obama for President signs began to sprout in Plainfield lawns Monday night even before the Town Council voted not to enforce time limits on political signs before the Nov. 4 election.

Faced with a federal lawsuit claiming the town’s ordinance on political signs is a violation of free speech, the council passed a 90-day moratorium on enforcement of the controversial part of the ordinance.

If you disagree with critics of the ordinance, go ahead and enforce it and take your chances in court. If you agree that the law is unconstitutional or questionable, get rid of it. Never just leave a law on the books and say you will stop enforcing it. People have enough disrespect for the law already without city councils deliberately breeding contempt for it.

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