WEST LONG BRANCH: A municipal court judge has dismissed charges against a borough man who has been flying two Donald Trump flags in his front lawn for the past few months.
Joseph Hornick, who lives at the corner of Monmouth Road and Cedar Avenue, was ticketed by the borough in March for flying the flag because it allegedly violated a borough ordinance which only allows political lawn signs within 30 days of an election.
West Long Branch Municipal Court Judge Louis Garippo said on May 18called the ordinance "vague" when it comes to flags and dismissed the charges Hornick was facing.
The ordinance calls for fines of up to $2,000 or 90 days in jail for violations. Hornick has always said that taking down the flags would violate his first amendment rights and would rather face jail time than take them down.
The ACLU of New Jersey and Eric D. Sherman, a partner with New York-based law firm Pryor Cashman, teamed up to defend Hornick in the case.