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KKK suing Cape Girardeau over leafleting restrictions

1:47 PM, Sep 7, 2012   |    comments
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union is representing the Ku Klux Klan in a lawsuit over Cape Girardeau's restrictions on leafleting vehicles.

The Traditionalist American Knights of the KKK had planned to place leaflets on vehicles Sept. 28. But the Klan group learned the southeast Missouri city permits fliers to be distributed only when vehicle occupants are willing to accept them.

The lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court in Cape Girardeau alleges the restrictions infringe upon the group's First Amendment free speech rights. The Klan group also is seeking a preliminary injunction barring the city from enforcing the ordinance while the issue is resolved.

The ACLU says it has successfully fought other Missouri city's leafleting restrictions.

Cape Girardeau's attorney was out of the office Friday and couldn't be reached for comment.

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