A veteran has made it clear to a Florida homeowners' association: Don't mess with Old Glory. Retired U.S. Navy Officer John Ackert is claiming victory in a dispute over a patriotic mailbox outside his Tallahassee home, saying the local homeowners' association has backed down from its order to remove it for not being "in consonance" with the aesthetic values of the rest of the neighborhood. Ackert told WCTV he was informed Monday the Southwood Residential Community Association changed its rules to allow American flag wraps on homeowners' mailboxes. The decision came after Ackert appealed the initial letter asking for him to remove the colorful mailbox wrapping. "I view this as a form of bullying to be honest," Ackert told the station last week.
Still, their public persona belies this fall from grace as they arrive at court hearings holding hands and wearing color-coordinated outfits. After pleading not guilty after they were indicted in October 2017, the Kealohas left court arm-in-arm wearing lei -- an odd sight because lei are associated with celebratory events like birthdays to graduations, certainly not criminal court matters.