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The city of Grosse Pointe Park is appealing a Wayne County Circuit Court ruling that the suburb's sign ordinance is unconstitutional.

Laurent Chappuis was prosecuted under the ordinance after his wife, Erica Chappuis, erected her paintings in their yard. The city ticketed him, saying he needed a permit because art, under the city code, is a sign and needs a permit. The Grosse Pointe Park Municipal Court sided with the city but Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Bruce Morrow agreed with the Chappuises in a ruling this summer.

Last week the city appealed Morrow’s ruling.

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