Court says KKK can leaflet in Desloge, Mo. -- for now

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on December 28, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 28 at 6:40 PM

DESLOGE, Mo. — For the second time in recent weeks, the Ku Klux Klan is suing a Missouri town over the right to hand out leaflets.

A judge ruled in October that Cape Girardeau must allow the KKK to leaflet there. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that on Thursday, the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan filed a federal suit against the city of Desloge, claiming it was barred from distributing handbills on two recent occasions.

The suit claims violation of First Amendment rights and was filed by attorneys with the American Civil Liberties Union.

Desloge City Attorney Joe Goff says the KKK representative wanted to stand in traffic and a city ordinance prohibits doing so. Goff says leafleting would be allowed in parking lots or door-to-door.

 

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