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Appeals court to hear Missouri flag desecration case

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By Paul Sancya By Paul Sancya

ST. LOUIS -- The constitutionality of Missouri’s flag desecration law is under consideration by a federal appeals court panel in St. Louis.


A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday heard oral arguments in the case of Cape Girardeau resident Frank Snider III.

Snider was arrested in 2009 for cutting up an American flag, throwing it into the street and trying to set it on fire. When that failed he used a knife to shred it.

Police arrested Snider, citing Missouri’s flag desecration statute. Prosecutors dismissed the charge after learning of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that deemed a similar law in Texas unconstitutional.

In 2012, a federal judge in St. Louis ruled Missouri’s law was unconstitutional. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster appealed to the 8th Circuit.

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