Appeals court rules against KKK in leafleting suit

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ST. LOUIS (AP) _ The American Civil Liberties Union is appealing a ruling that prohibits the Ku Klux Klan from leafleting in the streets of a small southeast Missouri town.

In a 2-1 ruling last week, a panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the city of Desloge. City leaders argued the ordinance is meant to protect public safety by keeping people out of the street, not to suppress free speech.

ACLU attorney Anthony Rothert said Wednesday that the case will be appealed to the full 8th Circuit.

The KKK sued in 2012 after members were prohibited from handing out fliers to motorists. A federal judge in October 2013 issued an injunction that prohibited Desloge from enforcing its law. The 8th Circuit’s three-judge panel reversed the lower court ruling.