Koster seeks reinstatement of flag-desecration law

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 | 12:47 p.m. CST; updated 5:43 p.m. CST, Tuesday, January 15, 2013

ST. LOUIS — Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is asking a federal appeals court to reinstate Missouri's law prohibiting desecration of the American flag, a law struck down by a federal judge last year.

Koster filed an appeal Jan. 10 to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Frank Snider III of Cape Girardeau was arrested in 2009 for cutting up an American flag and throwing it into the street. The case was later thrown out.

U.S. District Judge Carol Jackson issued a permanent injunction in March prohibiting the state, its political subdivisions and officials from "enforcing or threatening to enforce" the law.

Snider's attorney, Tony Rothert of the American Civil Liberties Union, called the appeal disappointing and said the ACLU will continue to fight against it.

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John Schultz January 15, 2013 | 4:39 p.m.

Hey Koster, who owns that flag? Quit grandstanding!

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