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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

Lawyer Can Roast Chicken Joint After All

Compiled From Wire Services

A lawyer who put a hand-lettered “BAD FOOD” sign in his second-floor window above a fast-food restaurant has a First Amendment right to keep it there, a judge ruled.

State Supreme Court Justice Charles Ramos on Wednesday rejected a $2 million lawsuit brought against Aaron Chess Lichtman by Kenny Rogers Roasters, Lichtman’s neighbor at Broadway and 71st Street.

The restaurant claimed that the sign is a “malicious falsehood” aimed at putting the place out of business. But the judge said the sign is protected by the right to free speech.

Lichtman said the sign expresses his opinion about the food and is also a protest against the restaurant’s odors and its signs, which surround his windows.