Central Lake, MI asked in Constitutional Law and Municipal Law for Michigan

Q: is it illegal in michigan to print out pictures of poop at a public library then tape them to sidewalks?

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Consumer Law Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: In Michigan, the legality of printing pictures of poop at a public library and then taping them to sidewalks involves several considerations. First, using public library resources, like printers, typically falls under the library's policies. These policies often prohibit printing materials that could be considered offensive or inappropriate.

Regarding placing these pictures on sidewalks, this action could potentially be viewed as a form of littering or vandalism, depending on local ordinances. Public spaces are governed by laws that maintain cleanliness and public order, and taping pictures to sidewalks could violate these laws.

Additionally, there might be considerations related to public decency or causing a public nuisance. While the images are not of real waste, their offensive nature could still lead to complaints or legal issues.

If you're considering this action or are dealing with consequences from it, it's advisable to review local laws and perhaps consult with legal counsel. Understanding the specific ordinances of your city or town in Michigan can provide clarity on the legal implications of such actions.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY

A: It could lead to violations for littering, nuisance, or safety hazard. That's aside from any First Amendment issues involving free speech. Good luck

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