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Phelps-Roper sues Nebraska prosecutors for violation of constitutional rights

August 9, 2010

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— A member of a Kansas church that protests at soldiers' funerals has filed another lawsuit, accusing Sarpy County prosecutors of violating her constitutional rights.

The federal lawsuit is the latest filed by Shirley Phelps-Roper, who was arrested in 2007 during a protest at the funeral of a National Guardsman in Bellevue. Authorities say she let her then-10-year-old son stand on an American flag and she wore a flag as a skirt that dragged on the ground.

Phelps-Roper's lawsuit says Sarpy County Attorney Lee Polikov, as well as other prosecutors in the office, violated her constitutional rights "by investigating her for protected expressive activity," among other things.

Polikov said Monday he had not seen the lawsuit and could not comment specifically on it.

Comments

kernal 4 years ago

Shirley doing what she does best - frivolous lawsuits.

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Darrell Lea 4 years ago

AP doing what it does - writing about Shirley. The lawsuit has already served it's purpose.

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senegal66025 4 years ago

Next they will sue the Judge and if there is a jury they will sue the jury. Oh I know all of these people are immune but that wont stop Phelps-Roper.

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emptymind 4 years ago

The Phelps should be sued just for waking up in the morning

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Fred Whitehead Jr. 4 years ago

I don't think anyone would disagree that these "people" are the spawn of the Devil. They are the creation of their "dear leader", Fred Phelps, who's reputation is well-known. The absolute evil that they represent must have a following, else, where do they get the money to finance their "demon-strations"?? Someone is supporting this inmitigated scum of the Earth, someone is giving them money. How do they exist? How do they evade child abuse charges? How do they keep afloat in the sewer of garbage that they create? Someone is bankrolling this crowd, who are they??? Maybe a genuine investigation by some authority is needed. Who will pull the plug on this demonic possession that our state seems to be stained with?

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sherlock 4 years ago

May she lose her lawsuit! Cart her off and forget where, just so she cant find her way back to Kansas!

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thistownisbeginningtosuck 4 years ago

Just be "GLAD" they don't live in Lawrence.

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Ron Holzwarth 4 years ago

There have been a lot worse people than the Phelps. Such as, the Charles Manson cult , David Koresh and his followers, and Jim Jones and 'The People's Temple'.

Fortunately, none of these cults have survived their leader's demise. I have no doubt that the Westboro Baptist Church will be any different.

It is also fortunate that the picketers follow the letter, but perhaps not the spirit, of the law. Informing someone that they are going to hell is not against the law in the United States. The laws in other countries are different, and so they do not picket there.

As for how the WBC is financed, they have a very successful law firm in Topeka: Phelps-Chartered, Attorneys At Law. No one can argue that there are very good lawyers on the team.

Don't worry a bit about hiring them, they keep their professional lives and WBC activities totaly separate. If you want to sue and win, they are the ones to hire, because they are very good lawyers.

And that's obvious, because they 'earn' all of their income from lawsuits. So don't touch them or interfere with them in any way, or they will sue you.

And probably win.

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Ron Holzwarth 4 years ago

But if you do hire Phelps-Chartered, you should be aware that you are financing WBC activities.

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Newell_Post 4 years ago

They need to lost their non-profit "church" status. This is not a church. This is a for-profit law firm. Whiplash Willie would be proud of them.

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Ron Holzwarth 4 years ago

One thing that really bothers me is that when they picket the Jewish Temple in Topeka to let everybody know that God hates Jews, they all, including the children, stand right on the curb. They do not step off the curb, nor do they let their picketing signs stretch over the roadway. They follow the letter of the law in that respect.

But it is a very narrow road intersecting a very busy street. It appears to me that they are deliberately placing some of the children in harm's way, because an accident could very easily happen, and a vehicle go 6 inches onto the curb and strike one of them.

I think it's obvious that they are doing this because they hope for it to happen, so that they will have a massive lawsuit.

If that is not child endangerment, then nothing is.

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Darrell Lea 4 years ago

Yep. Look what happened to him.

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CLARKKENT 4 years ago

THE HEADLINE IS KINDA MISLEADING--

I DIDN'T KNOW THEY HAD RIGHTS

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scott3460 4 years ago

All Americans do. Even those stupid enough to make such comments.

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monheim 4 years ago

Unless Nebraska or that city has legit flag laws on the books, I hate to say it but she's right....as much of a scumbag as she is.

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ebyrdstarr 4 years ago

I would argue there's no such thing as a legit flag law. Nebraska had a flag-desecration law on the books since before the U.S. Supreme Court 1989 decision holding that flag-desecration is a constitutionally-protected form of free speech. This July, the Nebraska Attorney General finally acknowledged that Nebraska's law is, therefore, unconstitutional and unenforceable.

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wwwd 4 years ago

"There have been a lot worse people than the Phelps."

Really?

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