Federal Judge Allows KKK To Leaflet

4 years 2 months 1 week ago September 27, 2012 Sep 27, 2012 Thursday, September 27 2012 Thursday, September 27, 2012 5:43:00 PM CDT in News
By: Associated Press

KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Ku Klux Klan group has won a preliminary injunction allowing it to proceed with plans to leaflet vehicles Friday in southeast Missouri.

The American Civil Liberties represented the Traditionalist American Knights of the KKK in a lawsuit filed earlier this month against Cape Girardeau. The suit claimed the city's ban on leafleting unoccupied vehicles violates Klan members' free speech rights.

A federal judge ruled late Thursday afternoon that the city can't enforce its ordinance while the matter is resolved.

The Traditionalist American Knights' Imperial Wizard, Frank Ancona, called the ruling a "victory for the First Amendment." He says the ruling is coming at the "last minute" but that the leafleting will proceed anyway.

Cape Girardeau attorney Al Spradling says he'll be talking with the city council about the ordinance.

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