SEATTLE – A federal appeals court says an anti-Muslim group can't post ads on Washington state buses showing photos of terrorists and saying the FBI offers a $25 million reward for their capture.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday rejected the claim by the American Freedom Defense Initiative that King County violated its free-speech rights.
The group sought to display an ad with 16 photographs and a "Faces of Global Terrorism" tagline. King County Metro Transit rejected it, saying the ad failed to meet its policy guidelines, which include that ads be accurate.
The court agreed that the FBI claim was false, saying the bureau doesn't offer rewards and the State Department offers only $5 million for the capture of a pictured terrorist.
Lawyer David Yerushalmi said the group will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.