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Someone took offense at the sign in my yard:

Our yard sign was torn in half, its remains deposited next to our garage. The wire was still up in the yard.

Here’s the thing. I was ready to take down the sign. Now, it’s going to stay up a while longer. And I do have replacements.

Clear packing tape and useful information.

The useful information:

Missouri Revised Statutes

Section 569.150

Trespass in the second degree.

569.150. 1. A person commits the offense of trespass in the second degree if he enters unlawfully upon real property of another. This is an offense of absolute liability.

2. Trespass in the second degree is an infraction.

Missouri Revised Statutes

Section 569.120

Property damage in the second degree.

569.120. 1. A person commits the crime of property damage in the second degree if:

(1) He knowingly damages property of another; or

(2) He damages property for the purpose of defrauding an insurer.

2. Property damage in the second degree is a class B misdemeanor.

And there’s this, too:

Missouri Revised Statutes

Section 115.637

Class four election offenses.

[….]

(19) Stealing or willfully defacing, mutilating, or destroying any campaign yard sign on private property, except that this subdivision shall not be construed to interfere with the right of any private property owner to take any action with regard to campaign yard signs on the owner’s property and this subdivision shall not be construed to interfere with the right of any candidate, or the candidate’s designee, to remove the candidate’s campaign yard sign from the owner’s private property after the election day.  

Maybe I’ll take the sign down tomorrow. Maybe.

Previously:

“Liberal” schadenfreude is a dish best relinquished cold, very cold (November 11, 2012)

Morning in America (November 8, 2012)

And then there were two… (October 25, 2012)

What’s missing? (October 25, 2012)