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.