Federal judge blocks bid to bring back ‘pig painting’ on Capitol Hill

Federal judge blocks bid to bring back ‘pig painting’ on Capitol Hill

Source: lacyclay.house.gov

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A federal judge has blocked efforts to bring back to U.S. Capitol grounds a controversial painting that depicts a police officer as a pig.

David Pulphus, a student artist from Missouri, and Rep. William Clay, his Democratic congressional representative, had sued Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers for removing the painting in January amid a showdown with law enforcement groups and Republican lawmakers who opposed the “art.”

U.S. District Judge John D. Bates said in his decision that the government has used its editorial discretion in the selection and presentation of the piece.

As a result, it’s engaging in “government speech” and the plaintiffs have no First Amendment right to display the painting[…]

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