Sunday, August 29, 2010

A rose by any other name

Another "junk" case for the Supremes.

Planet K 'junked vehicle' battle to reach Supreme Court
By Jeorge Zarazua - Express-news

The U.S. Supreme Court will consider an appeal next month from the owner of Planet K stores over his long-running battle with the city of San Marcos about his right to display an adorned junked vehicle.

In 2007, Michael Kleinman paid two artists to transform a wrecked car in front of his San Marcos store into a painted cactus planter. City officials objected, saying the Oldsmobile 88 was in violation of a city ordinance declaring such displays public nuisances.

Kleinman is appealing a 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in February that found the car-planter to be “ultimately a junked vehicle.”

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