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Federal court sides with fair against PETA

Published on -9/4/2012, 1:27 PM

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- A federal judge has sided with the Kansas State Fair in a free speech challenge filed by an animal-rights group.

U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten on Tuesday ruled 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.

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