Free Speech
1:07 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Federal Court Sides With Fair Against PETA

A federal judge has agreed with the Kansas State Fair in a free speech challenge filed by an animal-rights group.

U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten ruled Tuesday the fair is a so-called "limited public forum." He said fair officials acted reasonably in requiring People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to shield people walking by its booth from easily seeing images depicting animal slaughter.

PETA sued the state, the Kansas Fair Board and the fair's general manager, arguing the restrictions violate its free speech rights.

But the judge also denied a motion by the state to dismiss PETA's lawsuit.