Sewer protest rises to 1st Amendment issue

PALMYRA, Pa. —A central Pennsylvania man accused of violating a township ordinance on vulgarity says the rule is a load of garbage.

David Kliss has filed a federal lawsuit against East Hanover Township claiming officials trampled his First Amendment rights by issuing him a zoning violation over signs he put up protesting a mandated sewer tie-in.

Kliss put up signs that read "$10,000 To Take A Crap." He says he covered the last word with paint after the township told him he violated a zoning rule.

The suit claims the rule doesn't adequately define vulgar.

Township solicitor Scott Wyland declined comment, saying the matter is under review.