Judge Hears Arguments Over Sign Law

Judge Hears Arguments Over Sign Law

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(Ogden-AP) -- The judge who signed an order for removal of critical signs from a property owner's vacant buildings has taken under advisement arguments over whether Ogden's sign ordinance is constitutional.

Second District Judge Parley Baldwin said it was a fascinating case and he looked forward to ruling on it.

For several years, Bruce Edwards had posted signs critical of the city administration's zoning enforcement on his properties.

On February sixth of last year -- the day the Olympic torch was due to be carried by the buildings, city lawyers secured an order from Baldwin requiring Edwards to remove the signs.

Stephen Clark of the Utah Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union argued yesterday that the ordinance clearly was aimed at Edwards and meant to control public discussion.

Fred Gedicks, representing the city, said Edwards had other outlets for his message, such as handbills, billboards or radio and TV ads.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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