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Protesters try to cover up Sarah Palin effigy in West Hollywood

October 29, 2008 | 12:28 pm

Candidate effigies

The case of the Sarah Palin effigy continues to generate debate and action today. The latest: Protesters have apparently tried to cover up the West Hollywood Halloween "decoration." According to the Associated Press:

A cover-up is going on at a West Hollywood home where a controversial Halloween display shows a Sarah Palin effigy hanging by a noose. Protesters put up a pair of white sheets on sticks in effort to hide the display from the street. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Oscar Butao says nobody at the house has complained so far, but conceivably those who put up the sheets could be cited for trespassing or infringing on free speech rights.

L.A. sheriff's officials tell The Times' Andrew Blankstein there are now four protesters at the house.

Authorities investigated the display but apparently decided there is no hate crime. "I'm not defending this; I'm not criticizing it. It doesn't rise to the level of hate crime," said Steve Whitmore, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department who said he went to the house himself this morning to look at the display. "Now, if there was a crime against bad taste . . . "

-- Shelby Grad

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