Arguments heard in Inland Octopus case

Judge Donald W. Schacht didn't rule at the hearing, but promised a written decision soon.

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WALLA WALLA - A Superior Court judge heard legal arguments Tuesday afternoon in the lawsuit by a downtown toy store owner who's trying to save his giant, purple octopus mural on constitutional grounds.

Judge Donald W. Schacht didn't rule at the hearing, but promised a written decision soon.

Inland Octopus owner Bob Catsiff is asking Schacht to overturn a Walla Walla hearing examiner's decision in November. That decision affirmed fines the city is assessing on Catsiff for violating the sign code's size and height requirements.

Catsiff claims the restrictions relating to the mural painted on his storefront at 7 E. Main St. violate his right to free speech.

Read more about the hearing in Wednesday's Union-Bulletin and here online.

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