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Hanging Palin

Post by Doreen on October 31st 2008, 5:58 am

LOS ANGELES (AFP) The controversial Halloween display of an effigy of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin hanging by a noose outside a home near Los Angeles has been taken down, local authorities said Thursday.

The people who hung the figure from the roof of their house "began to realize what they had done caused a little more of a reaction than they had hoped for," said spokesman for the sheriff of Los Angeles Steve Whitmore.

For the Halloween holiday many Americans decorate their homes with ghoulish displays of monsters, witches and ghosts.

But Chad Michael Morrisette, resident of West Hollywood, went a bit further by hanging a figure wearing Palin's trademark red jacket, glasses, high heels and a wig.

West Hollywood Mayor Jeffrey Prang, who previously defended the residents' legal right to hang the figure but said he opposed political speech that references violence, said he worked to get it taken down.

"I tried to appeal to their reason and logic and they agreed," Prang told local TV station Fox 11.

The incident has prompted furor in the US media, and on Wednesday dozens of demonstrators gathered outside Morrisette's house to protest the display

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