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1st Circuit Rejects Maine Labor Mural Appeal
11/29/2012 10:02 AM ET  

The decision is a win for Gov. Paul LePage, who ordered the mural removed from the state Labor Department because he believed it presented a union-slanted view of history.

A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling that Gov. Paul LePage was within his rights to remove a mural depicting the state's labor history from a state office building.

LePage created an uproar last year when he ordered the mural removed from a state Labor Department waiting room because he believed it presented a union-slanted view of history.

Five Mainers filed a lawsuit claiming the removal violated the mural artist's First Amendment rights. It was rejected by a federal judge in Maine, and by the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston on Wednesday.

The appeals court suggested critics of LePage can show their displeasure at the ballot box.

This story was written by Irwin Gratz.




 

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