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.