ACLU settles lawsuit against Portsmouth over political sign ban

PORTSMOUTH, RI (WLNE) – A federal judge has approved the settlement of a lawsuit filed in January that challenged the constitutionality of a Portsmouth town ordinance banning the posting of political signs on residential property.

The settlement permanently bars enforcement of that ordinance.

Michael DiPaola brought the case to court when the town banned him from posting signs on his front lawn that criticized town zoning laws.

He was fined each day his signs were up after he was told to remove them.

The town settled, and is now paying his attorney fees.

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