Prosecutors drop charges against Phelps-Roper in funeral protest case
12:34 PM, Aug 23, 2010
5:39 PM, Aug 23, 2010
PAPILLION, Nebraska - A member of Kansas' Westboro Baptist Church has reached a deal
with a Nebraska prosecutor to dismiss charges against her stemming
from a 2007 protest outside a soldier's funeral.
Under the terms of the deal reached Monday, Shirley Phelps-Roper
will drop her federal lawsuits over Nebraska's funeral protest and
flag mutilation laws.
Phelps-Roper was scheduled to face trial Monday in Sarpy County
Court on charges of disturbing the peace and negligent child
She's accused of letting her then-10-year-old son stand on an
American flag during a protest at the funeral of a National
Guardsman in Bellevue, an Omaha suburb. Authorities say she also
wore a flag as a skirt that dragged on the ground.
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