When Tim Haggerty's principles are at stake, money is no object. The Pompano Beach, Fla. man has spent "way, way past five figures," exhausted his life savings and taken out a $10,000 loan in an eight-year legal fight over his mailbox.

Not just any mailbox. Haggerty's is 22 feet tall and made of junk metal.The city ordered it removed from the end of his driveway, saying it was a traffic and safety hazard, and the 4th District Court of Appeals upheld the city's position. Haggerty now has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.