The "Sign Lady" Says the Hunt is Done
"What he's saying right there is if you keep messing with people signs, somebody is liable to go postal on you," Cherry Horton says she talks about her arrest on March 9, 2012 for theft by taking.
She prides herself on ridding public property of illegal signage, "This is on the right of way and this is illegal in Bibb County," quoting a Bibb County Zoning Ordinance.
In March she said she was falsely accused. Horton shows several photos of signs posted off Hartley Bridge Road in Macon, the area she had allegedly stolen signs from.
Property owners told authorities that eyewitnesses had seen Horton take the signs off their private property, leading to her arrest.
"I had never been arrested before so I didn't know what to do," adds Horton. So she got a lawyer for the price of $2,500.00 but soon after pay that fee, the charges were dropped and the lawyer was no longer needed.
Tuesday she took her accuser to court to recover the attorney's fees. "I asked for $2,500 in emotional distress. I mean they really put me through a lot. It wasn't as much about the money it was about having the chance to prove that I was innocent,” says Horton. “See everybody just automatically said I was guilty."
Horton represented herself in magistrate court against her accuser.
She didn't get the results she wanted. I could see justice was not going to be done, that it was going to be over with, but I thought I'm glad it's over with because I am done," she adds that she just won’t be picking up any more signs in the Bibb County right of way.