Appeals panel sides with man in eminent domain sign dispute - KMOV.com

Appeals panel sides with man in eminent domain sign dispute

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ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A federal appeals court panel has reversed a lower court ruling, siding with a St. Louis man's right to use a mural on the side of an apartment building to protest eminent domain.

The three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday ruled in favor of Jim Roos. He claimed the city violated his right to free speech in its effort to remove the two-story mural.

The city claimed the mural was a violation of a sign ordinance because it is 10 times larger than allowed.

A district court judge had dismissed the case, a ruling that favored the city. The appeals panel sent the case back to the judge to determine whether the entire section of the zoning code dealing with signs is invalid.

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