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U.S. Supreme Court Denies Review of Walla Walla Octopus Mural

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WALLA WALLA, Wash. - NBC Right Now continues to follow the ongoing legal battle over Walla Walla's octopus mural.

The owner of the Inland Octopus toy store said the city is violating his first amendment rights to free speech.

The U.S. Supreme Court decided Monday they will not review the case involving the Walla Walla toy store owner, Bob Catsiff, and the large mural of an octopus above his business.

The court's decision Monday means the state appeals court ruling will stand that determined the mural violates the city's sign ordinance.

The city has told Catsiff the mural must be made smaller or painted over within 30 days to comply with the city's sign code.

If not, then the city will cover it themselves.

Catsiff's attorney says they are disappointed with the decision and plan to pursue other options.

"We thought that the city's prohibition of the inland octopus mural was an infringement of Bob Catsiff's 1st Amendment rights of free speech and free expression," said Michael de Grasse, Catsiff's attorney.

Michael de Grasse said they will talk with the city about pursuing a claim of selective enforcement because they believe the city isn't enforcing their sign code on all businesses.

The city is charging a fine of $100 for each day the sign violates the sign code.

Catsiff's fines started on October 14th, 2010, reaching a current total of nearly $8,700.