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Archive for Wednesday, June 15, 1994

VERDICT APPEALED IN PHELPS CASE

June 15, 1994

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A Lawrence man who was found guilty of disorderly conduct for throwing a bucket of water on the Rev. Fred Phelps April 11 at Kansas University has appealed the Lawrence Municipal Court verdict.

Stephen Lacoss, 25, was given a 90-day suspended jail sentence and fined $75, plus $20.50 for court costs, June 2 by Judge George Catt. Lacoss was acquitted of a misdemeanor charge of battery.

Lacoss's attorney, Don Strole, said Lacoss has appealed the verdict to Douglas County District Court.

Strole said the case would probably come before the court in July.

The water-throwing incident occurred while Phelps and about a dozen other anti-homosexual protesters conducted a demonstration in front of the Kansas Union to protest Gay and Lesbian Awareness Week at KU.

Strole said he will argue in the appeal that, given the nature of the signs Phelps' group carried, "those could be construed as fighting words, designed to provoke an attack."

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