Father Of Dead Marine Ordered To Pay Legal Fees Of Westobro Baptist Church Protesters

Father Of Dead Marine Ordered To Pay Legal Fees Of Westobro Baptist Church Protesters


BALTIMORE (AP) — 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.


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Phelps and his followers are loathsome, but they know their law. From what I've seen, whenever they picket a funeral they take care to position themselves across the street and not invade private land. I hate everything they stand for and they cause deep distress to the grieving, but if freedom of speech is to mean anything it has to apply to everybody, including deluded, twisted people like Fred and Shirley and their followers.

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