Saturday, December 05, 2009

 

1st Amendment Vindicated in Phelps Case

Almost two years ago I wrote:
When the government permits a private action and enforces a judgment against Phelps for invasion of privacy and emotional distress as they did this year in Snyder v. Phelps then everyone who is not a sheep needs to look out. Testimony at trial revealed that Phelps and his crew were on public property 1000 feet from the funeral service and plaintiff Albert Snyder, father of a dead Marine, never saw or heard the protest. Yet, the jury ruled in his favor and assessed $11 million in fines against Phelps, his family, and his church. It's time for everyone who values freedom to step up and support Fred Phelps in his appeal.
I'm happy to report that the judgement against Phelps was overturned by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals late last September. Reportedly, Albert Snyder plans to appeal. The Supreme Court should not grant certiorari and I predict they will not grant it.

See also: God Bless Fred Phelps

Update: "Snyder v. Phelps Goes to the Supreme Court"

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