Obama `HOPE` poster artist spared jail sentence

Last Updated: Saturday, September 8, 2012 - 17:47

Washington: The US artist, who had cribbed a copyright photo for his iconic "HOPE" poster for President Barack Obama`s 2008 campaign, has reportedly escaped a jail sentence.

Artist Shepard Fairey was accused of destroying documents and manufacturing fake evidence in a civil suit over the image.

Instead, he was sentenced to two years of probation, 300 hours of community service and a 25,000 dollar fine, the New York Post reports.

A US judge cited judge Fairey`s history of "extensive charitable works" and his ongoing battle against Type 1 diabetes, which Fairey`s lawyer said had forced him to undergo two eye surgeries and couldn`t be properly treated in the slammer.

Earlier, Fairey offered apologies to The Associated Press, whose photo he had ripped off, along with the court, his family and friends, and "anyone else I might have harmed,” after pleading guilty to criminal contempt.

Fairey said that "violating the court`s trust" during his legal fight with the AP, which he settled for 1.6 million dollars, “was the worst thing I`ve ever done in my life.”

"I`m deeply ashamed and remorseful that I didn`t live up to my own standards of honesty and integrity," he added.

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First Published: Saturday, September 8, 2012 - 17:47

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