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Skeleton in execution chair display at Meade County Courthouse offensive or festive?

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BRANDENBURG, Ky. (WDRB) – Were Halloween decorations taken to the extreme in the Meade County courthouse? 

When you walk into the building, you see the display made of yellow caution tape, fake spiders, webs and a skeleton.

“I think it's rather humorous,” Bill Isaacs told WDRB News. “I don't have an issue with it at all.”

But when you take a look at the whole picture, the skeleton is wearing an inmate jumpsuit sitting in an execution chair.

“I understand that it is Halloween,” said Diana Hurt. “But to have the execution chair and just the idea of the execution chair in the courthouse, that might be a little extreme.”

The decor sparked a nerve on social media. One person wrote, "What a pathetic display in a building that is meant to resemble ‘justice.’" Others believe it's a jab at Keith Hardin and Jeffery Clark. The two men were convicted of murder in 1995, but that ruling was recently overturned based on new DNA evidence.

“It's Halloween time and … I think sometimes we take things a little too far when it comes to sensitivity, honestly,” Brian Becker said.

Meade County Courthouse officials didn't want to go on camera, but when we walked into the office, employees said it was just a decoration set up for when area children come to the building on Halloween.

“It wasn't meant to be offensive toward anyone. It was made because they have children that come and trick or treat,” said the county employee.

Courthouse officials added they have no plans to take the display down.

“Even though its Halloween, that may be going just a little too far,” Hurt said.

Offensive or not -- that will be decided it the court of public opinion.

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