U.S. Supreme Court Let’s St. Louis Protest Sign Stay Put
ST. LOUIS–(KMOX)–How does it feel to fight city hall and win?
“I’m delighted, giddy, maybe a little bit, certainly pleased,” said Jim Roos, “It’s five years since the city sent us that notice and we put the mural up protesting, and there’s been litigation in one form or another the whole time.”
The city had asked the U-S Supreme Court to hear its appeal, calling the sign an eyesore and an ordinance violation, but the high court lets stand a lower court ruling that found the sign is a form of free speech protected by the Constitution.
Roos says the type of city-hall backed land grabbing that sparked the sign protest has slowed down, but that he says is probably due to the economy.
“I think it would be wise for the state of Missouri to have a constitutional change, an amendment proposed and the people vote on it, so that eminent domain for private development simply becomes illegal,” Roos said.