January 28, 2021

ACLU Sues After Man Banned From Library Over Trump Poem



The Indiana chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is suing Jackson County because a Seymour man has been banned from the public library.

Richard England says he was banned from the library in November after he wrote what his attorney called a “short and unoffensive” poem about former President Donald Trump. England left the poem for a library employee with whom he was friends.

“When that individual was not there, he left it on a basket in the circulation desk,” said attorney Gavin Rose.

“When he got home, he had a voicemail from an officer with the Seymour police department saying the library essentially trespassed him,” Rose added.

The lawsuit, filed in Indiana’s Southern District court, asks a judge to lift the ban.

“He doesn’t have internet or cable at home because he’s on a fixed income, so he gets his entertainment through the library,” said Rose.

The chairman of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners has not responded to a request for comment.

Dkt 1-1 - Exhibit 1 Poem by Indiana Public Media News

Support independent journalism today. You rely on WFYI to stay informed, and we depend on you to make our work possible. Donate to power our nonprofit reporting today. Give now.


Related News

Here's how Indiana leaders reacted after shooting at Trump rally
Democrats pick Terry Goodin for lieutenant governor, Destiny Wells for attorney general in November election
Trump rally shooting is being investigated as an assassination attempt, officials say