The Supreme Court of Georgia has decided the Ku Klux Klan can continue their efforts to adopt a highway in north Georgia.

The justices ruled unanimously Tuesday that the state failed to follow the right steps to appeal the decision of a lower court.


According to Emory Law professor Alexander Volokh, this kind of ruling isn't uncommon. 

"Very often supreme courts get rid of an embarrassing case by ruling on a boring looking procedural point," Volokh said.

Kathleen Burch is an attorney with the ACLU of Georgia. The group filed the lawsuit on the KKK's behalf.

"The remedy for people not liking what the KKK's message is is to speak out against it, not to shut them down," said Berch.

The Union County KKK group first applied to adopt a highway in 2012. They sued after the Georgia Department of Transportation denied their application later that year. In 2014, a judge said the DOT's decision violated the KKK's right of free speech.

Attorney General Sam Olen's office says they're reviewing the decision.