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Barrington Cow Case Resolved

Posted: May 05, 2003|Category: Free Speech

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A settlement in the Barrington “blue cow” case was announced tonight. Under the settlement approved by the Barrington Town Council meets, the owners of Imagine gift store will be allowed to keep their cow statue, and the Town will review its sign ordinance for possible revisions. The town also agreed to pay ACLU volunteer attorney Carolyn Mannis $5,000 for her work on the case.

Last October, the Town sued the store owners, demanding payment of more than $50,000 in fines for its outdoor display of the cow statue -- once part of a Cow Parade art exhibit in Houston – which Town officials deemed to be an unauthorized “sign.” The ACLU of Rhode Island filed a counterclaim on their behalf against the Town.

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