Kansas activist seeking grand jury over statue

FILE - Phillip Cosby, who lobbies for American Family Action of Kansas and Missouri, testifies in favor of a bill before Kansas legislators to restrict strip clubs, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The House Federal and State Affairs Committee is reviewing the measure. (AP Photo/John Milburn)
FILE - Phillip Cosby, who lobbies for American Family Action of Kansas and Missouri, testifies in favor of a bill before Kansas legislators to restrict strip clubs, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The House Federal and State Affairs Committee is reviewing the measure. (AP Photo/John Milburn)

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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