Jury rules in favor of homeowner in North Idaho Christmas lights dispute

Jury rules in favor of homeowner in North Idaho Christmas lights dispute

A jury in North Idaho ruled in favor of a Hayden homeowner who set up a massive public Christmas program at his home.

The jury returned its decision Tuesday night in favor of Jeremy Morris. Morris sued the West Hayden First Addition Homeowners Association; the homeowners association sued Morris in return.

The jury awarded Morris and his wife $60,000 in nominal damages and $15,000 in punitive damages.

Morris said the homeowners association violated his religious rights in trying to prohibit him from holding the Christmas program at his home.

The homeowners association contends Morris violated the rules about parking, decorations, privacy and using his property for a commercial purpose.

Morris’ attorney says they plan to move out of the neighborhood. He says they don’t feel safe and have never felt welcomed in the neighborhood.

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