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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Ballwin Court Rules Holocaust Is Trash

Posted By on Tue, Jan 8, 2008 at 1:10 PM

Another chapter in the saga of Lewis Greenberg and the objects in his yard has come to an end. Ballwin Municipal Court Judge Kathryn Koch ruled last Thursday that Greenberg’s installation, The Holocaust Revisited, violates two city ordinances: one against littering and the other prohibiting storing materials that constitute a health menace. Koch fined Greenberg $1,000, to be paid by January 13.

Kit Kellison

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But Greenberg’s work remains standing. “The ordinances don’t have provisions for removing litter or hazardous materials from the property,” explains Veronica Johnson, Greenberg’s lawyer.

Ballwin can, however, continue to prosecute and fine and possibly even jail Greenberg for violating city ordinances until he decides to remove the installation himself. But Johnson and her partner David Howard hope to appeal the verdict to the Missouri Circuit Court of Appeals before Greenberg can be charged again.

“The outcome wasn’t unexpected,” Johnson says. “Emotions were running high. Lewis wasn’t surprised, though he hoped it would be different.”

-Aimee Levitt

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