Clay Will Appeal Judge’s Rejection Of Student’s Painting
Clay will appeal judge’s rejection of student’s painting
WASHINGTON • Rep. William Lacy Clay and former St. Louis high school student David Pulphus are appealing a judge’s rejection of their legal attempt to return Pulphus’s painting to a wall in the U.S. Capitol complex.
Federal District Court Judge John Bates ruled last week that the painting, “Untitled #1,” is government speech, and therefore it was legal for Republicans in the House of Representatives to order the Architect of the Capitol to remove it. Critics said the painting demeaned police and did not accurately portray the 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson.