A Free Speech Victory for a St. Louis, Mo., Housing Activist

April 1, 2012

Jim Roos’ mural urging the city of St. Louis to “End Eminent Domain Abuse” drew the city’s ire—and enforcement proceedings.  But his right to display this powerful protest was vindicated on February 21, when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review last summer’s 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision, which struck down the sign code provisions the city used to order Jim to remove his mural.  The mural stands as the perfect illustration of just how interconnected our constitutional rights are—how vibrant free speech protections are essential to the preservation of our other rights and liberties, including property rights.

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