Lawsuit over upside down flag settled

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- The man who sued local government officials when authorities confiscated his upside down flag in Marinette County has settled his lawsuit.

The case dates back to 2009 when Vito Congine flew his U.S. flag upside down in Crivitz as a protest against the village board's decision not to grant a liquor license for a building he had purchased. Police say they received complaints about the flag and decide to confiscate it. The flag was returned to Congine the following day.

Congine sued, claiming his constitutional rights were violated. Earlier this year, a federal judge ruled in favor of Congine. Since then, attorneys have been working on a settlement for damages and lawyer fees. Congine's attorney, Chris Meuler, tells WLUK-TV ( ) Congine is pleased the matter has been resolved. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.


Information from: WLUK-TV,

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