SUPREME COURT WON'T TAKE UP WESTBORO BAPTIST CHURCH'S CHALLENGE, LEAVES IN PLACE NEBRASKA FUNERAL PROTEST LAW

State Sen. Bob Krist, chief sponsor of a Nebraska law restricting protests at funerals, welcomed the news of the U.S. Supreme Court's refusal to hear a case on the law on Monday. "I'm very happy we're not going to face any challenge... It's an early Christmas" Krist said pf the decision. The law in question places a ban on protests within 500 feet of a church, funeral home, cemetery, or place of worship during a funeral. Westboro Baptist lost its case in both the U.S. district court and then the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Krist said he wasn't  surprised by the outcome, saying those that drafted the bill did a lot of work and research on how to properly balance the rights of both protesters and mourners. Krist credited Bob Swanson, a Navy veteran who started the American Legion Riders program, with helping get the bill through the legislature.