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Ku Klux Klan Litter Suit: Georgia Asks Judge To Toss KKK Suit Over Highway Cleanup Program

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Members of the International Keystone Knights Realm of Georgia perform a traditional Klan salute along the portion of highway they want to adopt allowing them to put up a sign and do litter removal near Blairsville, Ga., Sunday, June 10. The KKK group wants to join Georgia's
Members of the International Keystone Knights Realm of Georgia perform a traditional Klan salute along the portion of highway they want to adopt allowing them to put up a sign and do litter removal near Blairsville, Ga., Sunday, June 10. The KKK group wants to join Georgia's "Adopt-A-Highway" program for litter removal, which could force state officials to make difficult decisions on the application. (AP Photo/The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Curtis Compton)

ATLANTA (AP) -- The state of Georgia is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Ku Klux Klan challenging the group's application being denied to participate in a highway cleanup program.

The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation last month filed suit on behalf of the Ku Klux Klan, saying the state violated the group's right to free speech.

The state on Monday filed a response to the suit in Fulton County Superior Court.

The response argues claims against state agencies and officials are generally barred in state courts by sovereign immunity.

The state also argues that even if that were not the case, the suit should be dismissed because the KKK didn't file the lawsuit in time and didn't take advantage of other existing legal avenues for appeal.

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