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Cary to appeal ruling for homeowner's sign

Posted April 20, 2011 3:31 p.m. EDT

— Town officials said Wednesday that they plan to appeal a federal judge's ruling for a Cary homeowner over a message he displayed on his home.

U.S. District Judge Louise Flanagan ruled in December that the town violated David Bowden’s freedom of speech when it fined him for spray-painting the phrase “Screwed by the Town of Cary” on the front of his home at 305 Maynard Road.

In February, she ordered the town to pay $46,197.27 in fees.

Town officials said Bowden violated an ordinance that specifies how and where signs can be displayed in the community. Flanagan ruled, however, that the town’s rules were content-based because they don’t regulate holiday decorations or other things not commonly considered to be signs.