ACLU Agrees to Defend KKK
Georgia highway dispute creates unlikely bedfellows
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 27, 2012 9:38 AM CDT
A performer in the Klu Klux Klan dance number stands on stage during the 'Jerry Springer: The Opera' photocall at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – The Ku Klux Klan has a right to adopt a highway, the American Civil Liberties Union said yesterday, announcing that it would accept the white supremacist group's request for representation in its dispute with the Georgia Department of Transportation. The ACLU has previously said it views the case as a free speech issue, but its state executive director wouldn't elaborate. "We are still working on the strategy," she told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Meanwhile, KKK Exalted Cyclops Henry Hanson admitted yesterday that he doesn't actually live in Union County, home of his desired stretch of highway. He says the group's headquarters is there, but won't say where. "That's one of the secrets we do have," he said. But "it's irrelevant to the case." The county commissioner disagrees, and says the group isn't welcome. "I don't know why they picked Union County," he said. "We are fully capable of picking up our own trash."