ACLU Defends New Jersey Man Ticketed For Donald Trump Flags

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April 21, 2016 3:46 p.m.

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s American Civil Liberties Union is defending a man who is facing a fine for flying flags supporting Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Joseph Hornick was ticketed for violating a West Long Branch ordinance that restricts the display of political signs until 30 days before an election. The town considers the flags that proclaim “Trump-Make America Great Again” equivalent to a political sign.

Chapter deputy legal director Jeanne LoCicero says it doesn’t matter whether it’s a lawn sign or a flag. She says people have the right to express their political beliefs every day. The chapter plans to defend Hornick in court.

New Jersey’s primary is June 7.

Violators of the ordinance face a minimum fine of $100.

Hornick is scheduled to appear in municipal court May 18.

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