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Federal Court: You Can Fight City Hall and Win
Property Rights Alliance ^ | 2011-07-21 | Grant Morgan

Posted on 07/25/2011 10:41:12 AM PDT by 92nina

...What did the 360 square foot sign, which was visible from two interstates, say?

“End Eminent Domain Abuse”

Roos, a member of the Missouri Eminent Domain Abuse Commission, had been fighting the city since 2007, when he painted the sign to protest aggressive land-taking by the city government of St. Louis.

The initial ruling from the district court held that the city ordinance was content-neutral and therefore acceptable on its face, and Mr. Roos’ work was a “classic example” of a sign.

However, the panel of the appeals court found that the ordinance did discriminate based on content, and that it was not supported by a compelling state interest. Thus, Mr. Roos is protected by the first amendment, and the sign may stay up.

This ruling is encouraging for multiple reasons. First, it tells property-owners that city governments may not normally impose content-specific rules on how they can exercise their first amendment rights using their own property. Also, it sends a message to governments that if they try to use local laws to silence activists fighting their abuse of eminent domain, courts will intervene.

Either way, this ruling is a victory for liberty.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Local News; Politics
KEYWORDS: corruption; donttreadonme; eminentdomain; govtabuse; liberty; lping; missouri; tyranny
"Last Wednesday, a Federal Appeals Court in St. Louis held Jim Roos, a local property owner, had the right to paint a large mural on the side of his building, despite city ordinances to the contrary..."

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