ACLU sues Indiana city over new political yard sign law

Students carry a Trump-Pence sign before the vice-presidential debate between Republican vice-presidential nominee Gov. Mike Pence and Democratic vice-presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine at Longwood University in Farmville, Va., Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

BEDFORD, Ind. (AP) — The southern Indiana city of Bedford faces a lawsuit from a resident who says its new yard signs law infringes on his political expression.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed the lawsuit Monday in federal court on behalf of Samuel Shaw. Shaw says he had several political signs in his yard before receiving a letter from the city last month telling him he was violating the law. He says he removed the signs after the city told him if he didn’t, he would have to pay $300-per-day penalty.

The ACLU claims that several provisions of the new law violate the 1st and 14th amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

City officials didn’t immediately respond to emails and phone messages seeking comment. Bedford is about 25 miles south of Bloomington.

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