Flag Stomping Case To High Court ?

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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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