AUGUSTA — U.S. District Court Justice John Woodcock has scheduled a telephone conference for Monday afternoon on a request that he order the display of a controversial labor mural.

Lawyers requested a temporary restraining order in federal court today that would force Gov. Paul LePage to re-display the mural he had removed from the Maine Department of Labor headquarters.

According to a press release, the three Portland-based attorneys that had filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against LePage last week, filed the TRO arguing that the mural’s removal is an infringement of First Amendment rights.

“Our Constitution prohibits our government from taking down artwork simply because it disagrees with a viewpoint,” said Jeff Young, a Portland attorney.

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