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Obama 'Hope' Artist's Case Back in Court

BOSTON -- A pre-trial hearing is scheduled in Boston for the street artist who created the "Hope" poster of President Barack Obama.

But Shepard Fairey is not required to appear for Thursday's hearing in Brighton District Court.

The 39-year-old Los Angeles resident has pleaded not guilty to a number counts of vandalism and faces up to three years in jail.

Boston police accuse Fairey of vandalizing city property, including a Massachusetts Turnpike Authority building earlier this year.

But attorney Jeffrey Wiesner said Fairey wasn't even in town during some of the alleged vandalism.

In March, The Associated Press countersued Fairey over the Obama image, saying the uncredited, uncompensated use of an AP photo violated copyright laws.