Cape Girardeau-based flag desecration lawsuit delayed

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 | 6:40 p.m. CDT; updated 4:56 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 19, 2011

CAPE GIRARDEAU — The trial date in a lawsuit challenging Missouri's flag desecration law has been delayed after the state's attorney general joined the federal case.

Cape Girardeau resident Frank Snider filed the suit a year ago, claiming the law is unconstitutional. A trial date had been set for Aug. 1.

The Southeast Missourian reports that Attorney General Chris Koster's motion to intervene, filed in late April, postponed the trial. A new date has not been set.

Snider filed the suit on July 6, 2010, nine months after being arrested for shredding an American flag. Cape Girardeau County Prosecutor Morley Swingle charged him with a misdemeanor that was eventually dropped after Swingle's review of a Supreme Court decision that declared flag burning as protected speech.

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