Posts Tagged ‘flag ordinance’

Mo. man receives $7,000 after arrest for flag desecration

Federal judge assesses compensatory damages for man jailed seven hours for shredding a U.S. flag in 2009.

Federal judge strikes down Mo. flag-desecration law

Ruling stems from case of Frank Snider, a Cape Girardeau man arrested in 2009 for cutting up an American flag and then throwing it into the street.

Federal court overturns Neb. law on flag desecration

OMAHA, Neb. — A federal judge overturned Nebraska's ban on flag mutilation yesterday, clearing the way for Kansas protesters to continue trampling on the U.S. flag when they protest at military funerals.
The ruling from U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf said the law can't be applied as long as Megan Phelps-Roper and fellow members of the [...]

Neb. prosecutors, funeral protester reach deal

Editor’s note: The original version of this story contained erroneous
information from the Associated Press that has since been removed.
PAPILLION, Neb. — Prosecutors and a member of Kansas-based Westboro Baptist
Church have reached a deal that will keep both sides out of court over actions
stemming from the church’s 2007 protest of a serviceman’s funeral.
The 11th-hour deal was [...]

Neb. town settles lawsuit brought by Westboro churchwoman

LINCOLN, Neb. — An Omaha suburb has paid a member of a Kansas church that protests at soldiers' funerals $17,000. In exchange, Shirley Phelps-Roper has dropped her lawsuit against Bellevue.
The settlement with Westboro Baptist Church, which claims that U.S. troop deaths are punishment for the nation's tolerance of homosexuality, was signed last week. Phelps-Roper’s lawsuit [...]

Neb. officials agree flag-desecration law is unconstitutional

Editor’s note: Douglas County Judge Joseph Caniglia refused on Aug. 4 to dismiss the case against Shirley Phelps-Roper, clearing the way for an Aug. 23 trial in Sarpy County Court. Caniglia is presiding over the case after two Sarpy County judges were removed from the case. Meanwhile, Phelps-Roper filed a federal lawsuit Aug. 9 accusing [...]

Federal judge: Kan. woman can protest with flag outside GI’s funeral

OMAHA, Neb. — A federal judge yesterday expanded a temporary block on enforcing Nebraska's ban on flag mutilation, making a Kansas woman exempt from that law for a weekend protest outside an Omaha soldier's funeral.
But state Attorney General Jon Bruning says he’ll have Megan Phelps-Roper arrested if she violates another law that prohibits picketing within [...]

Federal court puts Neb. flag law on hold

OMAHA, Neb. — A federal judge put a temporary block yesterday on enforcing Nebraska’s ban on flag mutilation, part of a lawsuit filed by a member of a Kansas church known for protesting at the funerals of fallen soldiers.
U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf in Lincoln said in issuing the order that the law was “almost [...]

Federal court won’t hear challenge to Neb. flag-desecration law

Editor’s note: On June 21, U.S. District Judge Laurie Smith Camp rejected Shirley Phelps-Roper’s request for a preliminary injunction against the funeral-protest law. Smith Camp said that the law protects family members attending services, while leaving ample alternatives for Phelps-Roper’s protests that are protected by the First Amendment.
OMAHA, Neb. — A federal judge has dismissed [...]

Kansas woman charged in flag-desecration case files suit

OMAHA, Neb. — A Kansas woman accused of violating Nebraska's flag-desecration law two years ago filed a lawsuit Dec. 30 against more than a dozen officials, including the state's governor and attorney general, whom she alleges are trampling on her rights.
The lawsuit filed on Shirley Phelps-Roper's behalf in U.S. District Court in Lincoln argues that [...]

Neb. high court dismisses case against flag-desecration law

OMAHA, Neb. — The Nebraska Supreme Court has dismissed the case of a woman
accused of violating the state's flag-desecration law. But her attorney says the
fight will continue to invalidate what he calls an unconstitutional statute.
The Nebraska high court during the week of Dec. 4 dismissed without comment an appeal by Shirley Phelps-Roper, who was accused [...]

WWII vet fights homeowners group over flagpole

RICHMOND, Va. — One of the nation's oldest Medal of Honor winners was back in the fight yesterday, this time against a neighborhood association that wants him to take down a front-yard flagpole.
Supporters, including a U.S. senator, have been falling in behind 90-year-old retired Army Col. Van T. Barfoot, a World War II veteran awarded [...]

Neb. judge rules flag-desecration case can proceed

Editor’s note: Sarpy County District Judge William Zastera on June 30 dismissed an appeal from Shirley Phelps-Roper, allowing prosecutors to move forward with their case against her. Zastera said the lower court’s ruling issued earlier this year isn’t something that Phelps-Roper can appeal.
OMAHA Neb. — A Sarpy County judge has denied a challenge to Nebraska's
flag-desecration [...]

Prosecutor ordered to detail flag-desecration charge

OMAHA, Neb. — Sarpy County Attorney Lee Polikov has until March 31 to explain precisely why he’s charging a member of the Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas with flag mutilation.
Shirley Phelps-Roper faces three other charges stemming from her church’s protest of a soldier’s funeral in Bellevue last June.
Sarpy County Judge Todd Hutton last week granted [...]

Funeral protester challenges Neb. flag law’s constitutionality

Editor's note: The arraignment for Shirley Phelps-Roper on charges of violating the
state's flag-desecration law has been postponed until Nov. 5.
PAPILLION, Neb. — Nebraska's law to protect the American flag is
unconstitutional, says a legal challenge filed by a Kansas woman.
Shirley Phelps-Roper has been charged with letting her 10-year-old son,
Jonah, stomp on an American flag outside a [...]

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