Supreme Court has ruled that protesters at military funerals cannot be sued for inflicting emotional distress on the family of a dead soldier. The vote was 8 to 1. When Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder was killed in Iraq, his funeral in Westminster, Md.
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Fred Phelps at the Matthew Shepherd murder trial AP Yesterday the Supreme Court agreed to hear one of the biggest First Amendment cases in decades, and the facts are heart-wrenching. Fred Phelps, Sr. The protesters say soldiers dying is God's way of punishing the United States' tolerance of homosexuality. The Fourth Circuit later threw out the verdict on First Amendment grounds. Though the Court said the remarks were "utterly distasteful," they held that they were not actual assertions of facts about the family which could be libelous , and that they involved matters of public concern gays in the military, homosexuality, American morals, etc. This is one of those speech cases that is really difficult to address from a legal standpoint.
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Supreme Court Westboro members had appeared outside the funeral for Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder in Westminster, Maryland, outside Baltimore. Snyder's family sued the church in , alleging invasion of privacy, intentional infliction of emotional distress and civil conspiracy. The church appealed the case in to a federal appeals court, which reversed the judgments a year later, siding with the church's allegations that its First Amendment rights were violated.