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Federal judges consider fate of anti-eminent domain mural

You may not know Jim Roos but if you pass through or by downtown St. Louis you know his mural.

It takes up the entire side of a building facing I-55 and I-44.  It sits off Tucker Avenue.  It says "End Eminent Domain Abuse" with a red slash through it.

The city wants the mural removed for violating the sign ordinance.  But Roos says the city makes exceptions all over town but wouldn't make one for him because it didn't like the message.  (I'm waiting to hear from the Mayor's office and will update with their response when I get it).

Wednesday morning three federal court judges heard arguments in the case and will rule on it at some point (months likely).

They will have to decide if the city is violating Roos' free speech (by telling him to remove the mural) or if Roos is violating the city sign code. 

Perhaps it's both.

Mark Schnyder is a reporter at KMOV-TV.  He can be reached at MSchnyder@kmov.com.

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