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Judge to Hear Arguments in Maine Labor Mural Case
02/29/2012 03:17 PM ET  

A federal judge will hear arguments tomorrow on a motion to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to have a mural depicting Maine's labor history returned to a state office lobby.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ A federal judge tomorrow will hear arguments tomorrow on a lawsuit seeking to have a 36-foot mural depicting Maine's labor history returned to a state office lobby.

Gov. Paul LePage ordered the mural removed from Labor Department offices last March--causing a public uproar and a distraction for his new administration.

A lawsuit contends that LePage and other officials violated the U.S. Constitution and the contract with the mural artist by removing it.

The Maine attorney general's office contends that the removal amounted to so-called "government speech.''

U.S. District Court Judge John Woodcock is scheduled to hear arguments tomorrow in federal court in Bangor on the state's motion to dismiss. The plaintiffs want a jury to decide the case.


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