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Federal judge allows KKK to leaflet in eastern Mo.

Friday, December 28, 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Ku Klux Klan group has won a preliminary injunction allowing it to pass out literature in the streets in an eastern Missouri city

A federal judge ruled Thursday that the Traditionalist American Knights of the KKK were likely to prevail in their challenge to a Desloge ordinance banning people from soliciting in the streets. The Klan claimed the ordinance violated its First Amendment right to free speech.

City officials say the 1999 law was meant to prevent people from going into the streets to solicit funds from motorists. The American Civil Liberties Union sued, saying the law also prevented groups from passing out handbills.

City Attorney Joe Goff says the city plans to rework its ordinance in a way that still would prohibit soliciting in the streets.

Earlier this year the group sued the Cape Girardeau city government, and a judge issued an injunction to prevent the city from enforcing its ordinance.

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