The first story is about a man who is infamous in is own neighborhood for the defacement of his own property. Rian White is known to his neighbors because he has long battled the town over property maintenance issues. Now he is back in court over his attempt to get revenge in the name of artful expression.
Neighbors are furious over the effect that Mr. White's antics have had on their own property values. This is not his first brush with the law. The court will have to decide whether Mr. White's freedom of expression prevails over the neighbor's right to quiet enjoyment of their own property.
Where have we heard this story before?
At the other end of the spectrum, we have the story of people who damage someone else's property. Although there is as yet no indication that the vandals intend to hide behind a claim of freedom of expression, I would not be surprised if it came to that. Instead, these types of low-life simply ignore the justice system, which in this case could impose civil as well as criminal penalties, and then leave town to avoid paying for their misdeeds.
First, it is ridiculous to call these people "victims." They were tenants, and their landlord lost the title to the house they were renting. So the new owner has the right to not renew their leases. So what did the hoodlums-in-residence do?
The tenants invited their friends and passed out Sharpies to write on the walls, and the party only devolved from there, according to a report by a local CBS affiliate. By the time the realtor came by to check out the home, the home had been completely trashed: there were holes in the walls, X-rated drawings and the carpets were soaked in urine and vomit.
You can see video footage of the damage that the miscreants inflicted upon the property at this link.