Los Angeles artist and LGBT ally Shepard Fairey plead guilty Friday in the criminal case involving his iconic "Hope" poster for the Obama election campaign. Fairey also designed the official Inauguration. Per the LA Times:
Fairey admitted in 2009 to destroying documents and submitting false images in his legal battle with the AP. The news organization had accused Fairey of improperly using an AP photo of Obama in his "Hope" poster. Fairey claimed that he was covered by fair-use laws.
In 2011, the artist settled his civil case with the AP out of court.
A sentencing date has been set for July 16. The U.S. Attorney's Office said in a release that the artist faces a maximum sentence of six months in prison and a maximum term of supervised release of one year. He also faces a maximum fine of $5,000.
Street artist Shepard Fairey at the West Hollywood Library (Photo by Karen Ocamb)