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Dead Marine’s Dad Ordered To Pay Phelps

From a cheering Associated Press:

Left to right: Fred Phelps, Tipper Gore, Betty Phelps, Al Gore in 1988.

Marine’s dad ordered to pay protesters’ court fees

Mon Mar 29

BALTIMORE – The father of a Marine killed in Iraq and whose funeral was picketed by anti-gay protesters was ordered to pay the protesters’ appeal costs, his lawyers said Monday.

On Friday, Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ordered Snyder to pay $16,510 to Fred Phelps. Phelps is the leader of the Westboro Baptist Church, which conducted protests at Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder’s funeral in 2006.

The two-page decision supplied by attorneys for Albert Snyder of York, Pa., offered no details on how the court came to its decision.

Attorneys also said Snyder is struggling to come up with fees associated with filing a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court.

The decision adds "insult to injury," said Sean Summers, one of Snyder’s lawyers.

The high court agreed to consider whether the protesters’ message is protected by the First Amendment or limited by the competing privacy and religious rights of the mourners.

Remember how the media loved to call Mr. Phelps and the rest of his family of lawyers at the Westboro Baptist Church conservatives?

Probably they still do, when they think they can get away with it.

By the way, it is almost a dead certainty that the ACLU is helping these Westboro monsters with their lawsuit(s).

They always have in the past.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, March 30th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “Dead Marine’s Dad Ordered To Pay Phelps”

  1. AcornsRNutz says:

    I may have taken an oath to defend the Constitution from all threats foriegn and domestic. I may have been heard to say “I disagree with what you say but will fight to the death to preserve your right to say it”. I may believe that the freedom to believe what we will has been one of the foremost strenghts of this country, no matter how illogical any one thought may be on its own, it can serve to temper an equally illogical thought on the other end of hte spectrum and bring us to a reasonable and logical average as a citizenry. I may have said and done these things, but I WOULD bust that sone of a bitch right in the jaw, high road and hate speech be damned.

  2. canary says:

    The Westboro wacko’ s signs at the marines funeral had nothing to do with their anti-gay agenda. They were shocking & murderous signs against all U.S. Soldiers, and they are pretty stupid to protest at a Marines funeral.

  3. oldswimcoach says:

    This is a sickening ruling. Can you imagine the outrage if pro-life groups (or any other group) protested Ted Kennedy’s funeral? I sometimes think these rulings are driven as much by who has the clout to fight back as they are a matter of law or legal opinion.

    As a career military officer and combat vet, with a son and daughter serving (Army and AF), I am really conflicted on the free speech issue. These are not public figures, just a family dealing with a tragic loss for their son’s choice to wear the uniform of his country.

    Is there a way to donate some funds to help defray the family’s costs? I will be the first in line with a check if someone has a good idea on how to accomplish this (and I am not suggesting use of the web site, I just need to know how I could do this without compounding the problem and further infringing on the families privacy).

  4. proreason says:

    upside down

  5. Steve says:

    An update via Fox News:

    Marine’s Father Will Not Pay Court-Ordered Funeral Protesters’ Fees

    March 30, 2010

    The father of a Marine killed in Iraq whose funeral was picketed by anti-gay protesters told Fox News he will defy a court order and not pay the protesters’ appeal costs.

    The father of a Marine killed in Iraq whose funeral was picketed by anti-gay protesters told Fox News he will defy a court order and not pay the protesters’ appeal costs.

    Albert Snyder, of York, Pa., told Fox News he does not intend to pay $16,510 to Fred Phelps, the leader of Kansas’ Westboro Baptist Church, which held protests at Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder’s funeral in 2006.

    “I don’t think I’m going to be writing a check until I hear from the Supreme Court,” Snyder told Fox News on Tuesday. “I’m not about to pay them anything.” …

    Snyder is also struggling to come up with fees associated with filing a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, his attorneys said…


  6. Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

    Bill O’Reilly said tonight that he will pay the court costs for the family. Donations can be made at http://matthewsnyder.org/. This is truly disgusting and I won’t say what I’d do if I knew I only had a week to live!

  7. Mithrandir says:

    I am not sure anyone has the legal right to obstruct religious ceremonies, however, I am not sure what exactly the nuisance mob did at the time. Did they physically obstruct, or were they just shouting stuff?

    You have to protects people’s rights to protest, no matter how objectionable they are. If they are just holding signs and saying stupid things, then I disagree, they should be able to do that, as it is outlined in the 1st Amendment.

    By just claiming that you were bothered by other people is not cause to file a law suit, or obstruct THEIR right to do so. I am shocked that a single person from that ‘church’ are alive and breathing. Americans have a large amount of restraint, that is for sure!

  8. sheehanjihad says:

    If I could, and trust me, I would….I would ————– the————–out of the entire group by——————a group of————with ——————- bats and ———————-in their incredibly vile ——————- until they couldn’t ever ————— or —————- again without medical assistance. There, fill in the blanks….I just protected my own freedom of speech. Funny thing that, I could get banned from S&L for saying what everyone is thinking, yet Phelps gets to urinate on Marines without worry. But for the fact……

  9. canary says:

    I’d say the religious sect Westboro wacks disturbed the peace & and interfered with the freedom of religion of a sacred burial was violated. Doubt it would stick. I’ll bet the church gives ACLU donations. Or ACLU hates soldiers.

    The signs were shocking, hideous, & threatening soldiers. One time they used a school side-walk and parents didn’t take their children to school because they were acting so violent and their signs were so violent & shocking. Forcing closure of a service? Obstruction to enter a public building ?

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