October 2, 2014
An attorney for a Kansas woman accused of violating Nebraska's flag-desecration law has asked that her client's appeal be heard by the Nebraska Supreme Court.
An attorney for Shirley Phelps-Roper filed documents with the state Appeals Court asking that the case go to the state's highest court.
Phelps-Roper was accused in 2007 of letting her then-10-year-old son stand on an American flag. The incident took place as part of a protest by Phelps-Roper and other members of her family at the funeral of a National Guardsman in Bellevue.
Authorities also say she wore a flag as a skirt that dragged on the ground.
Nebraska's law bars intentionally "casting contempt or ridicule" upon an American flag.
Phelps-Roper's attorney argues the law is unconstitutional.
A county judge and a district judge have ruled that the charges can stand.
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