Treadwell said the three men who sued are “by all accounts” rehabilitated and living law-abiding lives.
“Yet their Sheriff finds it necessary to post signs in front of their homes announcing to the public that their homes are dangerous for children,” the judge wrote. “The Sheriff’s decision is not based on any determination that the Plaintiffs are dangerous. Nor is the Sheriff’s sign-posting founded on Georgia law.”
The sheriff’s plan to place the signs “run afoul” of the First Amendment because it compels the men to display the message even though they disagree with it.
The sheriff said he’d sought legal advice in 2018 before placing the signs and believed it was appropriate.
The lawsuit itself, which seeks unspecified damages for the three men, is still pending.