Man fights to keep supersized political signs

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A West Michigan man who expresses his political opinions on large trailers awaits a judge's ruling on whether the supersized signs violate a local ordinance.

Vern Verduin appeared in a Kent County district court Friday to defend his messages on two trailers parked in his Gaines Township field. They read "Obama's Mission Accomplished: 8% unemployment. 16 trillion debt." and "Marxism/Socialism (equals) Poverty & Hunger."

Township attorney Crystal Morgan says the ordinance limits political signs to 20 square feet. Verduin says that violates his constitutional rights and objects to language that allows larger signs for commercial purposes.

Judge Steven Servaas asked if a sign saying "I love America" would violate the ordinance. Morgan said yes - if it exceeds 20 feet.

He says he'll issue a decision in about 10 days.


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