5Pointz Owner Tells High Court Art Law Is Unconstitutional

Law360 (July 20, 2020, 4:22 PM EDT) -- A New York City real estate developer who destroyed a famed graffiti space known as 5Pointz asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to strike down as unconstitutional a federal law that protects works of art from harm.

In a petition for certiorari, Jerry Wolkoff's G&M Realty urged the justices to undo a "dangerous" February ruling that said his 2013 destruction of the Queens "graffiti mecca" amounted to a willful violation of the federal Visual Artists Rights Act.

G&M said the little-used statute, which shields art works of "recognized stature" from destruction or mutilation, is so vague that it "egregiously" violates...

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