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Inland Octopus owner back in court

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WALLA WALLA, Wash.—The owner of the Inland Octopus Toy Store is still taking a stand for the giant painting on the outside of his building.  The city says it's a sign and that it violates city code.

The owner, Bob Catsiff, was back in court Tuesday.  He faces a $100 a day fine for every day the painting has remained totaling about $58,000.

Back in October the City of Walla Walla said the giant painting was a sign because of the size and needed to be removed.  Catisff claimed it was a mural but eventually agreed it's a sign by the city's definition.  However, now he claims the sign code violates his constitutional rights, because it's a form of freedom of speech and the ordinance should be abolished. 

Tuesday in court, both defense and prosecuting attorneys presented their cases.  Nothing was decided.  Now it is up to the judge.

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