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Klan Sues for Right to Leaflet

ST. LOUIS (CN) - The Klan claims in court that the small eastern Missouri town of Desloge has an unconstitutional law prohibiting distribution of handbills.

The Klan sued Desloge, pop. 5,200, in Federal Court. Desloge, which is 60 miles south of St. Louis, prohibits solicitation on its public streets.

The Klan claims it's unconstitutional. It wants to put leaflets on car windshields.

A federal judge in September ruled for the Klan in a similar case against the City of Cape Girardeau, Mo. The judge granted a preliminary injunction, finding that the racist group would likely succeed on the merits.

The Klan is represented by Anthony Rothert with the ACLU, in St. Louis.

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