Man Behind Famous Red, White, Blue Obama Poster Faces New Vandalism Charges

March 10, 2009 - 4:59 PM
The street artist who created the famous red, white and blue "Hope" poster of President Barack Obama expects to face new vandalism charges in Boston relating to the image.
Boston (AP) - The street artist who created the famous red, white and blue "Hope" poster of President Barack Obama expects to face new vandalism charges in Boston relating to the image.
 
Artist Shepard Fairey and prosecutors went before a clerk magistrate in Brighton District Court on Tuesday.
 
The hearing was closed to the public. But Fairey's attorney, Jeffrey Wiesner, says police asked the magistrate for permission to charge Fairey with illegally posting his Obama images in Boston between Nov. 25 and Dec. 25.
 
Wiesner says the 38-year-old Los Angeles artist wasn't even in town during that period.
 
The Suffolk County district attorney's office says "it is conceivable" Fairey could face the new charges by Wednesday.
 
Fairey already has two pending vandalism cases in Boston.