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Grand Jury Tosses Obama Effigy Case

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A grand jury has refused to indict two Kentucky men for hanging an effigy of Barack Obama from a tree in
Lexington at the height of the presidential campaign.

Joe Fischer and Hunter Bush faced multiple charges, including disorderly conduct, for hanging the effigy with a noose around its neck above a sidewalk on the University of Kentucky campus.

Defense attorney Fred Peters said common sense prevailed among Fayette County grand jurors. He said they realized the case "had been blown way out of proportion."

Fischer and Bush apologized Tuesday for what they called a "political prank." They said they hung the effigy after seeing a similar display of unsuccessful GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin hung from a tree in a California man's yard.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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