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Friday, February 17, 2012

Lawyer says new victims — and vandals — will be added to $1 million graffiti lawsuit

Hense (piece to the right) is named in a $1 million graffiti lawsuit with a number of other local taggers and graffiti artists.
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  • Hense (piece to the right) is named in a $1 million graffiti lawsuit with a number of other local taggers and graffiti artists.

Last April, Stan Mobley and Dave MacDonald, two Edgewood Avenue residents who'd grown tired of seeing their brick home overtaken with graffiti, emboldened community advocates and surprised legal observers by suing several people — along with "25 additional unnamed defendants known only by their tag" — who they claimed were responsible for defacing their property. The duo wanted $1 million in punitive damages for intentional destruction of property and emotional distress from such well-known Atlanta taggers and graffiti artists as Hense, Ghost and NOPE .

But save for the Mobley and MacDonald's attorney's office getting vandalized and a countersuit from some of the men named in lawsuit, things have been relatively quiet since the suit was filed last April.

Well, Terry Jackson, Mobley and MacDonald's lawyer, says that despite the lack of news in recent months, the lawsuit is still very much alive. He told CL via email today that they've identified more victims — and graffiti artists — and are adding them to the lawsuit.

"We have identified several more and will be adding them as parties," he writes.

The city and Atlanta Police have stepped up efforts to remove graffiti and uncommissioned public art and pursue the people behind the murals, scribbles, and tags. Late last year, the APD arrested some of the city's most prolific graffiti artists — two of whom are scheduled to appear in Atlanta Municipal Court on March 7.

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