Morrison Moves to Save Picketing Suit

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Attorney General Paul Morrison hopes to save his lawsuit on the state's funeral picketing law by focusing on a single provision.

That provision ordered Morrison to file a lawsuit with the Kansas Supreme Court or a federal court. The law won't take effect until a court rules it is constitutional.

The law is aimed at the Reverend Fred Phelps and Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka. It passed this year.

Morrison filed his lawsuit in May, but the Supreme Court said last month it wasn't clear what Morrison was after. So this week Morrison asked the court to focus on the trigger. If the trigger is struck down, Morrison said, the law can be enforced. That will give the court a reason to rule on the law's constitutionality.


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