If the muralist didn't own the wall, then it would be graffiti. However, I think California waited to take it down so that they wouldn't be seen as "anti-American." After all, it was done right after 9-11. I think it's unpatriotic to vandalize someone else's property. This country gives us personal rights and freedoms, and the artist violated someone else's when he defaced their property. There would be nothing wrong with it if it was his wall he placed the mural on. However, it was right for them to remove the flag. Graffiti that looks patriotic shouldn't receive exceptions. if someone painted a mural the wall of your house with a patriotic scene, should there be an exception to the vandalism case and a delay in removing it?