Federal Judge Denies Clay’s Lawsuit Seeking Re-hanging Of Controversial Painting
Federal judge denies Clay’s lawsuit seeking re-hanging of controversial painting
WASHINGTON • A federal judge has rejected Rep. William Lacy Clay’s legal attempt to rehang a controversial painting on the wall of a tunnel connecting the U.S. Capitol with a House office building.
John D. Bates, a judge in the District Court for the District of Columbia, ruled that “Untitled #1,” a painting by former Cardinal Ritter College Prep student David Pulphus, was government speech, and therefore was legally removed by members of Congress who objected to its content.
The painting depicts police officers as animals and has symbolic references to the 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson by …