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Court awards $1 to settle Cary sign dispute

A federal judge ruled three weeks ago that David Bowden had the right to spray-paint the phrase "S-----d by the Town of Cary" on his home as a protest. Cary had threatened to fine Bowden, contending that the message violated the town's sign ordinance.

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CARY, N.C. — A homeowner has been awarded $1 in damages after the town of Cary tried to fine him for a spray-painted message on his house, according to papers filed in federal court Wednesday.

The ruling also permanently banned Cary from enforcing its sign ordinance against the message "S-----d by the Town of Cary” that David Bowden painted on his home in August 2009. The town had threatened to fine Bowden, but the American Civil Liberties Union sued on his behalf, saying the message is political speech.

Bowden said that he is frustrated by years of unsuccessful negotiation with Cary after construction on Maynard Road that he claims led to drainage problems in his yard and home. In the past, he has said that he wanted Cary to buy his house.

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