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Protest law
12:57 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Court Upholds Version Of Mo. Funeral Protest Law

A federal appeals court has ruled that with changes, Missouri's ban on protests at funerals does not violate the Westboro Baptist Church's right to free speech.
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A federal appeals court has ruled that with some changes, a version of a Missouri law restricting protests near funerals does not violate a Kansas-based group's right to free speech.

Here's the quick version of today's ruling:

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St. Louis County
11:55 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Ballwin Adopts Limits On Funeral Protests

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Another Missouri town has adopted an ordinance placing limits on funeral protests. 

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that aldermen in Ballwin on Monday approved a law prohibiting picketing or engaging in other protest activities within 300 feet of a funeral or burial service. Manchester, Clayton and several other cities have adopted similar ordinances in recent months.

The laws are in response to groups like Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., which often protests at the funerals of soldiers.

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Manchester protest ordinance
2:53 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Federal Appeals Court Reinstates Manchester's Funeral Protest Ban

A federal appeals court has upheld Manchester's ban on protests at funerals, which was challenged by Shirley Phelps-Roper of the Westboro Baptist Church.
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A federal appeals court has ruled that efforts by the city of Manchester to limit protests by the Westboro Baptist Church is constitutional, despite the fact that it limits free speech.

The ordinance, which has been amended several times, was first adopted in 2007.  The final version limits picketing or other protest activities within 300 feet of the site of any funeral or burial service within an hour before or an hour after the ceremony. There are no restrictions on picketing during processions. 

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Morning round-up
9:32 am
Thu December 8, 2011

Morning headlines: Thursday, December 8, 2011

An attorney for Rod Blagojevich says he will appeal the 14 year prison term handed to the former Gov. on Wednesday.
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Blagojevich plans to keep fighting

Rod Blagojevich has just over two months of freedom before he's scheduled to begin a 14-year prison term. But the ex-governor and his lawyers plan to keep fighting.  

After Judge James Zagel handed down the sentence, and the public was ushered out of the courtroom, more than an hour passed before the ex-governor, his wife and his lawyers appeared in the lobby of the court building.

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Funeral protest ban
3:14 pm
Wed October 5, 2011

Appeals court strikes down Manchester funeral protest ban

Shirley Phelps-Roper, a member of Westboro Baptist Church, during a protest. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a district court ruling in favor of members of the church.
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A federal appeals court has ruled against a Missouri town's funeral protest ordinance, saying peaceful picketing is protected by the right to free speech under the First Amendment.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a district court ruling in favor of members of Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan.

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Morning round-up
9:21 am
Thu March 3, 2011

Morning headlines: Thursday, March 3, 2011

Shirley Phelps-Roper, a member of Westboro Baptist Church, during a protest. Despite a U.S. supreme court ruling Wed. in favor of such demonstrators, St. Charles and St. Charles County leaders say they will fight the protests.
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  • According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Charles and St. Charles County leaders say they will push ahead in the fight against anti-gay protests at military funerals. That's a despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling Wednesday in favor of such demonstrators. In an 8-to-1 ruling, the high court said Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church doesn't have to pay damages to the family of a Marine from Maryland.
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