Plaintiffs Appeal Decision Allowing Governor to Remove Labor Mural

Catherine Pegram

Updated 3 years ago

A group of Mainers is appealing a federal judge’s ruling that Governor LePage had the right to remove a mural depicting Maine’s labor history from a state office building. Lawyers for the plaintiffs say they’ve filed a notice of appeal in the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston.They tried to sue the state, claiming removing the mural was a violation of the First Amendment.Last month the judge sided with the state’s argument that the mural was commissioned and paid for by the government and taking it down fell under government speech, not free speech.LePage ordered the mural removed from the Department of Labor in Augusta because he considered it in favor of organized labor and biased against businesses.


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