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Constitutional Law Keyed to Farber
Snyder v. Phelps
Citation:Snyder v. Phelps, 562 U.S. 443 (2011)
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Fred Phelps, founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, and six other church members picketed the funeral of a Marine who was killed in the line of duty in Iraq. The protest was peaceful with picketers displaying signs reading, “Thank God for Dead Soldiers,” “Fags Doom Nations,” “America is Doomed,” “Priests Rape Boys,” and “You’re Going to Hell.” The picketing was approximately 1,000 feet from the church where the funeral was held on public land. Snyder, the Marine’s father, testified that he saw the tops of the signs when driving to the funeral, but did not know what was written on the signs until watching the news later that night. He sued for intentional infliction of emotional distress.
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