Kansas Woman Asks Neb. Court to Dismiss Case

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ A Topeka woman accused of flag desecration
and child endangerment is asking a Nebraska judge to dismiss the
charges against her.
The attorney for Westboro Baptist Church leader Shirley
Phelps-Roper argues that the case against her amounts to
persecution.
Authorities say Phelps-Roper let her 10-year-old son stand on an
American flag at the funeral of a National Guardsman in June 2007
in Bellevue. They also say she wore a flag as a skirt that dragged
the ground.
Westboro Baptist members routinely protest the funerals of U.S.
soldiers. Church members contend that U.S. soldiers' deaths are
punishment for the nation's tolerance of homosexuality.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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