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Kan. group seeks grand jury decision on artwork

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – A group wants a grand jury to decide whether a partially nude statue in a suburban Kansas City park is obscene.

Phillip Cosby, Missouri and Kansas director American Family Association, said Wednesday his group objects to the statue at the Overland Park Arboretum because it portrays a woman taking a photo of herself while her breasts are exposed.

Cosby is seeking about 4,000 voter signatures necessary to start a grand jury investigation. He’s seeking a charge of promoting obscenity.

Overland Park spokesman Sean Reilly says there are no plans to move the sculpture. He says the city posted two signs telling visitors that “some pieces include a display of the human body.”

Kansas is one of about six states that allow citizens to petition for grand juries.

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