Brickbat: Art for Art's Sake


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Michael Speece has sued Winslow Township, New Jersey, for malicious prosecution after officials there charged him twice for failure to remove "trash/debris" from outside his home. But what a code enforcement officer called trash, Speece insists is art. That includes three toilets—one painted red, one white and one blue—outside his home, containing "a display of plastic flowers, as well as an artistic array of doll parts," and also Confederate flags and a "Trump 2020" flag. Speece was convicted on those charges but the conviction was overturned on appeal.