Kansas activist seeking grand jury over statue

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas family policy activist is trying again to petition for a grand jury in Johnson County to determine if a sculpture of a partially clad woman should be removed from an arboretum.

Phillip Cosby, director of the American Family Association of Kansas and Missouri, is holding a rally on Thursday to gather support for the petition drive. The goal is to force a grand jury to decide if the “Accept or Reject” statue at the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens violates Kansas anti-obscenity laws.

Cosby needs 4,700 signatures to seat a grand jury. The first grand jury empaneled in the controversy in October 2012 did not issue an indictment remove the artwork, ruling the statue of a headless woman taking a photo of herself was not obscene.

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